Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs Renault Zoe - which electric car will make it to Melaka on a single charge?

On the road trip: (from left) The Komoco Motors team with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Ms Charissa He (assistant marketing and communications manager), Mr Muhammad Rosbaha Abdullah (senior service engineer) and Mr Vincent Ng (sales manager). The SP
On the road trip: (from left) The Komoco Motors team with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Ms Charissa He (assistant marketing and communications manager), Mr Muhammad Rosbaha Abdullah (senior service engineer) and Mr Vincent Ng (sales manager). The SPH team – Mr Toh Yong Chuan (The Straits Times senior correspondent), Mr Nigel Yong (deputy editor, sgCarMart.com) and Mr Low Faiming (senior media producer, sgCarMart.com). The Wearnes team – Mr Jeff Low (electro mechanic), Ms Mindy Neo (marketing executive) and Mr Mark Lester (fleet executive).PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHARISSA HE
The moment when the Hyundai Ioniq ran out of juice, after driving 243.2km with 9km of range left.
The moment when the Hyundai Ioniq ran out of juice, after driving 243.2km with 9km of range left.ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN

Korea's Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs France's Renault Zoe - which car will make it to Melaka on a single charge?

Electric cars finally rolled into Singapore with the launch of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric in April and the Renault Zoe the following month. They are the only fully electric cars to be sold here for now. How do they fare in terms of range performance and which car can make a long-distance journey on a single charge? The Straits Times puts both rides to the test during a road trip to Melaka.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric faced an uphill task from the start. While the sedan has a range of 280km on paper, its real-life mileage is barely 220km, while the Renault Zoe claims to have a real-world range of 320km.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'Charging up to Melaka'. Print Edition | Subscribe