Major car makers around the world are obviously going electric and that is a good news. The recent is the Korean automaker Hyundai stating its going all in on battery-electric vehicles and the plans to realizing this was laid out on Tuesday by the company.
In the company’s statement, it’ll be capitalizing on the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) which is a new architecture that will help Hyundai Motor Group’s group of introducing 23 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) models in just 5 years time (2025) across it’s other car manufacturing brands (Kia and Genesis). With this, Hyundai’s hope is to sell about 1 million BEVs within that time frame which will be about 20 percent of its global sales.
Hyundai further claimed that its new rear-wheel-drive-based E-GMP architecture is meant to enhance its production and enhance vehicles made on the platform to get over 310 miles on a single charge.
Another good thing about this news is the fact that Hyundai stated that the platform’s electric powertrain will be able to charge up to about 80% in just 18 minutes which will be about 62 miles in 5 miles. But what will make this even possible is the fact that the platform will be equipped with an 800-volt charge capacity.
And in terms of performance, Hyundai is also planning on a much high-speed model with about 600 horsepower and can get from 0 to 62 MPH under 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 MPH. Meanwhile Hyundai stated that the E-GMP could undermine its product line from sedans to some crossover SUVs
A standardized battery pack is mounted under the floor, leaving a flat surface allowing for a variety of seating arrangements and plenty of space.
Hyundai in fact confirmed there would be a wireless charging capability will be incorporated within the E-GMP-based vehicles during the virtual media event on Tuesday but failed to give any timeframe about its availability.
Interestingly, an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) will allow Hyundai’s BEVs to supply up to 3.5 kW of power to the buyer’s choice of external electronic accessories running on 110 or 220 volts. The company says that means these vehicles’ battery packs can power a medium-size air conditioner and a 55-inch television for up to 24 hours, for instance. The bidirectional vehicle-to-load (V2L) system can also be used to charge another EV.
As for the first vehicle to be powered with this technology, Hyundai said this would be the Ioniq 5 and it will be released in 2021. The Ioniq 5 is expected to be based on the company’s Concept 45 which is a hatchback.
Conversely, the first E-GMP Kia vehicle will be a new crossover coming that same year. E-GMP will also spill over into the upscale Genesis luxury line of vehicles. Us? We’re hoping for a production version of the company’s 2019 Mint concept.