Hyundai taps into next-gen EV potential with Ioniq 5

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All versions of the Ioniq 5 deliver a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). At the performance end of the spectrum, the big-battery, all-wheel-drive variant covers 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 5.2 seconds.

When it comes to range, the Ioniq 5’s large-battery, single-motor version tops the rest, providing up to 480 kilometers (298 miles) on a full charge.

That figure is derived from the European standard, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure, considered more optimistic than the U.S. standard set by the EPA.

The Ioniq 5 can support both 400-volt and 800-volt charging, meaning it allows for better fast charging. With a 350-kilowatt charger, the vehicle can recharge from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes. Five minutes of charging provides 100 kilometers (62 miles) of range, Hyundai said.

The Ioniq 5 rides on a new dedicated electric vehicle platform being rolled out by the Hyundai Motor Group for the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands. Called e-GMP, short for Electric-Global Modular Platform, it will underpin the manufacturer’s bid to sell 1 million EVs worldwide by 2025.

That goal will cover 23 all-electric models, including EV derivatives of models also offered with internal combustion engines. The Ioniq 5 is the first e-GMP nameplate, but later this year Kia will follow with its own e-GMP crossover, code-named CV. The Hyundai brand plans to expand its EV lineup with the Ioniq 6, an electric sedan, and the Ioniq 7, a large electric crossover.

Hyundai expects to sell 70,000 Ioniq 5 vehicles this year and 100,000 annually starting in 2022, CEO Jaehoon Chang said. About 40 per cent of the sales will come from Europe and about 30 per cent are expected to come from North America.

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