Another EV was charged using the Hyundai Ioniq 5

We got the chance to drive the AWD version of the fantastic Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV near San Diego, California, in December 2021. Aside from the alterations in the drivetrain and performance, it’s almost similar to the RWD model we tested in the UK in October.

As a consequence, we chose to highlight some of the Ioniq 5’s most notable characteristics, such as its 350kW DC rapid charging capacity and its unique V2L (vehicle-to-load) functionality.

Fast charging at 350 kW DC

The Ioniq 5 is a fun-to-drive battery-electric compact with a wonderfully retro-modern exterior and plenty of interior space, as we highlighted in our review. It comes in three versions: a 168hp single motor model (RWD) with a 220 mile (354km) EPA range, a 225hp single motor model (RWD) with a 303 mile (487km) EPA range, and a 320hp dual motor configuration (AWD) with a 256 mile (354km) EPA range (411km).

The 58kWh battery in the 168hp Ioniq 5 “standard range” is replaced with a 77kWh battery in the other two models. Oh, and it accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 to 7.3 seconds.

And it’s the 800V design, which is shared with the Kia EV6, that truly makes this EV different. This allows for even faster DC fast charging. The Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT are two other 800V EVs, but the Ioniq 5 is clearly more cheap.

Ioniq 5 pricing are now available for the United States, and they are summarised in the table above. Prices for 2022 in the UK and Australia vary from £37,420 to £48,570 and AU$71,900 to AU$75,900, respectively.

The Ioniq 5 was taken to a 350kW Electrify America charging station near the US/Mexico border, where it was charged from 31% to 80% in only 13 minutes, with a peak charging rate of 226kW.

Although not quite 350kW, it’s probably the fastest charging rate we’ve seen with a non-Tesla EV to yet. At V3 Superchargers, the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y can get up to 256kW of charging power.

What is V2L technology, and how does it work?

But now for the more thrilling party trick of the Ioniq 5.

Inverters in automobiles are nothing new, but the factory inverters used in most ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles generally produce less than 0.5kW and depend on a tiny 12V battery for electricity.

This means you can power lights, laptops, and other small devices alright, but appliances like a fridge or blender aren’t allowed, and the 12V battery will soon empty unless the motor is left running.

Some hybrid cars, such as the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, feature more powerful on-board inverters that generate 1kW or more, take electricity straight from the hybrid battery, and automatically start the engine when the battery is low.

However, battery EVs enable even more powerful inverters, which is known as V2L (vehicle to load) technology. Some vehicles can even provide electricity via the charging connector.

Ford’s F150 Lightning battery EV, for example, has V2L capabilities up to 9.6kW and 11 power outlets on various trims, as well as Ford Intelligent Backup Power.

This function can power your house for up to three days in the event of a power outage, but it does need the Ford Charge Station Pro (along with a transfer switch) to be placed in your home, so it’s more of an integrated backup power solution for your home.

The Ioniq 5 distinguishes out in this regard. V2L capability up to 1.9kW (120V 16A) is standard on all trims in the United States, and a $220 charging port adaptor is required. A power outlet is also included in the Limited trim behind the back seat.

V2L capability up to 3.6kW (230V 16A) is standard on the Ultimate trim in the UK, and available on the Premium trim (£365). Both the charging port adapter and the power outlet beneath the back seat are included.

EV charging… with an EV

Even better, the charging port adaptor remains active even when the vehicle is shut off, making it perfect for powering appliances when camping or even charging another EV, as we discovered.

The power outlet beneath the back seat, on the other hand, is only activated when the vehicle is switched on. The total power output cannot exceed 1.9kW at 120V or 3.6kW at 230V, regardless of which outlet you use (charging port adaptor, rear seat, or both).

The fact that you can set a discharge limit for the battery via the infotainment system is extremely brilliant (between 20 and 80 percent ). When the battery level exceeds this discharge limit, the V2L capability is removed, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a dead battery.

To test this, we hooked a 30W MacBook Air charger into the outlet beneath the rear seat, then plugged another Ioniq 5 into the charging port adaptor through its own mobile charging cable, and both were charging nicely.

Meanwhile, the second vehicle (another Ioniq 5, as shown in the video above) was charging at a rate of roughly 4mph (6.5km/h) and drawing about 1.7kW (120V 14A). Still, that’s enough to add 12 miles (19 kilometres) of range in three hours, which is ideal for an emergency.

Overall, we think this V2L technology is really fascinating, and we hope it becomes a common feature in all EVs in the future.