Hyundai this week introduced the Ioniq 5, a fully electric crossover utility vehicle that is part of the company’s plan to introduce 23 battery electric vehicle (BEV) models and achieve sales of 1 million BEV units worldwide by 2025.
A technically minor yet highly convenient feature could turn out to be a real selling point: The ability to plug any 120V device directly into the vehicle and draw up to 1.9 kW. With more than 75 kWh onboard, this large supply of energy can come in very handy during power outages, when working on the road, or when in a remote location such as camping or tailgating.
The Ioniq’s charging system can accept power at 800 volts, meaning it is compatible with today’s super high-speed chargers. This is important because, with a 350 kW DC fast charger, the Ioniq can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. And if the driver only has five minutes to spare, the Ioniq can recoup about 68 miles of range. For longer dwell times, the Ioniq charges at 10.9 kW, which delivers a full battery in less than seven hours.
Hyundai is equipping the Ioniq with a 77.4 kWh battery. The single-motor 2-wheel drive version’s expected range is 300 miles, with 225 horsepower (168 kW) and 258 ft.-lbs of torque. The dual-motor all-wheel drive version’s expected range is 244 or 269 miles, depending on options, with peak performance of 320 horsepower (74 kW front + 165 kW rear) and 446 ft.-lbs of torque.
The Ioniq 5 is constructed on Hyundai’s new “Electric-Global Modular Platform” (E-GMP), which was introduced late last year and will underpin a host of models from Hyundai and sister company Kia Motors. The E-GMP’s flexible skateboard design reduces complexity through modularization and standardization, allowing rapid and flexible development of products which can be used across most vehicle segments including sedans, sport utility vehicles, and crossover utility vehicles.
Following the launch of the Ioniq 5 (with sales expected to being in the fall of 2021), Hyundai plans to expand its BEV lineup with the Ioniq 6, a midsize electric sedan, and the Ioniq 7, a large electric SUV.