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Hyundai unveils new electric car to take on Tesla

Hyundai unveils first model based on own EV platform (IANS)

Hyundai has unveiled its IONIQ 5 all-electric crossover during a virtual world premiere event to take on rivals like Tesla in the electric car market.

IONIQ 5's model with a two-wheel drive (2WD) and 72.6-kWh battery has a maximum driving range on a single charge of around 470 to 480 km according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure standard.

The IONIQ 5 customers can select from two battery pack options, either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh, and two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors. All PE variations provide outstanding range and deliver a top speed of 185 kmph.

At the top of the electric motor lineup is an all-wheel drive (AWD) option paired with the 72.6-kWh battery, producing a combined power output of 225-kW and 605 Nm of torque. This PE configuration can go from 0-100 kmph in 5.2 seconds.

With a 350-kW charger, IONIQ 5 can charge from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes. IONIQ 5 users only need to charge the vehicle for five minutes to get 100 km of range.

According to a Hyundai statement, the car which will be available in select markets later in 2021, has an “elongated wheelbase” set at 3000 mm which makes exceeds many luxury sedans around the world.

IONIQ 5's E-GMP can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The platform offers 800-V charging capability as standard, along with 400-V charging, without the need for additional components or adapters. The multi-charging system is a world's first patented technology that operates the motor and inverter to boost 400 V to 800 V for stable charging compatibility.

Eco-friendly features

Many of its interior touchpoints – seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest – use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts, the company said. 

IONIQ 5 also provides an innovative V2L function, which allows customers to freely use or charge any electric devices, such as electric bicycles, scooters or camping equipment, serving as a charger on wheels, the Hyundai statement said.