When it was about to hit the market, and even when it was launched, the model in question aspired to be the worst nightmare of the Tesla Model 3. With a more careful and modern design, a slightly larger body, the highest level of energy efficiency seen to date, and also better aerodynamics than the best of the moment. With this formula, and a lower price than Tesla’s electric one, it seemed like it would be ‘the chosen one’ to snatch the benchmark position from the Tesla Model 3 but it deflated quickly. And it has only been due to a problem it has concerning the smallest sedan of Elon Musk’s brand.
The electric one we are talking about is the Hyundai IONIQ 6. That, to taste the colors, but compared to the previous version of the Tesla Model 3, the truth is that it has a more original and daring design. Whether you like it more, or you like it less, that’s a fact. And the design is not everything, because it also came with better aerodynamics and achieving a higher level of efficiency. That is why it was placed among the most outstanding in terms of range. In short, it came to the market with everything necessary to be a better purchase option than the Tesla Model 3, but it has fallen far short of achieving it. And it was just because of one problem and it wasn’t even ‘Hyundai’s fault’, so to speak.
Tesla Model 3 Highland with lower prices makes this impossible
The Hyundai IONIQ 6 can be purchased with a 53 kWh battery in its entry-level version and 77 kWh of energy storage capacity in the higher versions. It is available with at least 270 mile of range, together with an electric motor with 151 HP maximum power and a small battery, but it can also offer 316 miles WLTP with a 229 HP motor or reach up to 316 mile in its 325 HP configuration. maximum power. Its power figures are more modest than those of a Tesla Model 3, but it still offers plenty of performance and range is its strong point.
It is also a car that is based on an 800 V architecture for its electrical system and supports up to 350 kW of maximum direct current charging power. In short, its technical data sheet is enough to have done a lot of damage to the Tesla Model 3. And when it arrived, in its most economical version of the range it was cheaper than the Tesla model. The only problem that the Hyundai IONIQ 6 has encountered along the way is that Tesla has been constantly lowering prices in recent months.
Today, a Tesla Model 3 can be purchased for at least $28,490 and the Hyundai IONIQ 6 starts at least $41,600. The Tesla model has 333 miles of minimum range along with 283 HP of power, and with the improvements that the Tesla Model 3 Highland has introduced, it cannot compete. Because? Well, because, compared to those technical specifications, the cheapest Hyundai IONIQ 6, which already costs almost $12,000 more than a Tesla Model 3, is satisfied with 272 miles of range and only 151 HP of maximum power.
The Hyundai IONIQ 6 is an extraordinary electric car, it is one of the best there is. But Tesla has indeed improved its product to a point that it was not even suspected of being capable of, and on top of that, it has lowered its prices in a way that its rivals cannot even consider. And this is where the result of Elon Musk’s obsession with optimizing his production process and reducing costs at all costs is. Now they have a product far superior to that of any of their rivals, but with a price that is unattainable for them.