Here’s Hyundai’s first new 800-volt electric vehicle – Ionic5

Here's Hyundai's first new 800-volt electric vehicle - Ionic5

On Tuesday morning in Korea, Hyundai demonstrated its latest battery-powered electric vehicle for the first time. The company resisted the temptation to start Sports utility vehicle stylized as the GMC Hummer reborn from General Motors or A handsome sedan like a Porsche Taycan, Although both are in preparation. Instead, the Ioniq brand will launch with its most sought-after mid-size crossover. In this case, a carefully crafted crossover called the Ioniq 5, which will also be the first BEV to use Hyundai New E-GMP architecture.

The production of the Ioniq 5 looks remarkably similar to the test car its predecessor, the 45. At first glance, it appears to direct the boxy good looks of the hot hatches of the late 1980s. But don’t be fooled by the proportions; It’s roughly the same size as Toyota’s best-selling RAV4 crossover. The large 20-inch wheels and short front and rear parts conceal a 118-inch (3000 mm) wheelbase that translates into acres of interior passenger space.

In addition to plenty of space and a flat floor, the interior has another surprise. The center console can slide, and move back, up to 5.5 inches (140 mm). This gives front occupants the option to leave the other side of the vehicle, as well as giving rear passengers access to console storage, USB ports, and a wireless charging pad.

The front seats will recline as needed, including the footrest, although it is clear that the driver’s seat will not do so while the vehicle is in motion. Hyundai says it has made the front seats 30 percent thinner than its regular seats, once again to increase space in the back. The rear seats also move forward and backward, and slide forward 5.2 inches (135 mm) to increase cargo capacity.

As it has become the trend, there is widespread use of sustainable materials such as recycled PET bottles and natural fibers used indoors.

Two battery packs, two sets of motors

We’re used to packing new electric cars for bulky batteries, but the powertrain specifications on the Ioniq 5 speak to Hyundai’s confidence when it comes to electric range engineering. There are two pack sizes – 58kWh or 77.4kWh (72.6kWh in regions other than the United States). There are two drive options: rear-wheel drive, with a single engine 160 kW (215 hp), 350 Nm (258 lb ft); Or all-wheel drive, with a total power output of 173 kW (231 hp) with a smaller capacity battery or 225 kW (301 hp) with the larger package. Regardless of the package size, the AWD Ioniq 5 produces 605 Nm (446 lb ft).

Consequently, the performance should be fast rather than breathtaking, with 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) speeds between 5.2 seconds and 8.5 seconds depending on the configuration. Hyundai only gave us an estimate of the RWD range as well as the 72.6kWh configuration, which it says should achieve 292-298 miles (470-480 km) under the WLTP test system.

Like the aforementioned BEVs from GMC and Porsche, the Ioniq 5 uses an 800-volt electrical build, meaning among other things that it is capable of extremely fast charging – from 10 to 80 percent of its charge in just 18 minutes when connected to a 350kW fast charger. . Four hundred volt DC chargers are more popular, but some of the clever technologies found in Ioniq 5 mean they can be used, too – the motor and the inverter knob double the voltage to satisfy the battery pack.

Although vehicle-to-network functionality is not yet supported (either by vehicle or network), Ioniq 5 has a vehicle mount feature, also known for the ability to operate as a remote AC power source of up to 3.6 kW, either through an external charging port or V2L port located under the rear seats.

The Ioniq 5 goes into production this year, and US deliveries are due to start in the fall. The Ioniq 6 sedan will follow (Based on the amazing prophecy concept carThen by Ionic 7, a large electric SUV.

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