Two EV novices at ALD UK took on the challenge of driving 352 miles over two days in a fully electric Hyundai Ioniq at the annual ALD Automotive MPG Marathon. Here’s how they got on…
When an opportunity arises to take part in an event that involves driving 352 miles around the UK over two days in order to put MPG levels to the test, you may think a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) would be an odd choice of car to pick.
Firstly, a question that is so obvious it almost feels a little ridiculous to ask, is how do you measure MPG in car that does not use fuel? (No, it’s not a silly question – BEV performance is actually calculated using miles per kWh). Secondly, BEV’s often limited range is widely-accepted to be perfect for short, nippy journeys in the city but even an EV enthusiast might have some initial reservations about driving one over 352 miles across country and motorway.
We can’t deny that both of these thoughts flickered across our minds when we took on the challenge to enter a fully electric Hyundai Ioniq into the ALD Automotive MPG Marathon 2017. But 352 miles and a few rapid charges later, we found that the experience truly opened our eyes to the full potential of this type of vehicle and now there’s no looking back.