Hyundai unveiled the all-new Ioniq 5, an electric midsize SUV with a range of around 300 miles and a two-way charging feature that is sure to make it a popular EV for outdoor activities.
The Ioniq 5, which went on sale in the first half of 2021, is the first vehicle to be built on Hyundai’s new electric-global modular platform (E-GMP), which the automaker says will serve as the basis for an entire family. EV planned. Hyundai and its sister company aim to sell 1 million EVs to capture 10 percent of the global EV market in 2025.
The Ioniq 5 looks like a promising start to that effort. The sharp-edged crossover SUV 2019 first unveiled the automaker’s 45 concept vehicle, which was a tribute. 1974 Pony Coupe, Hyundai’s first mass-produced car and the first export.
In exchange for a traditional grille, the car features Hyundai’s first clamshell hood and a front bumper with distinctive V-shape that incorporates a set of unique daytime running lights. These small, pixel-like clusters also appear on the back of the vehicle.
But Hyundai packed the interior with many interesting surprises. The center console can slide backwards by 140 millimeters, allowing the driver or passenger to enter and exit whatever door they choose. This “universal island”, as Hyundai is branding it, may prove especially useful in tight parking situations. The movable console provides access to additional storage space in addition to the vehicle’s integrated 15-watt wireless phone charger.
Most interior touch points of the Ioniq 5 – seats, headliners, door trim, floor, and armrest – use environmentally friendly materials with recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns and natural wool yarns, such as plant-based leather, with plant- Extracts based with plant extracts, and bio paints. But unlike other EVs such as Polstar 2, Hyundai does not go so far as to claim that its interior is 100 percent vegetarian.
That said, it can be comfortable enough to take a nap (but not while driving, obviously). Hyundai claims that the driver and passenger seats are sufficient to give a “weightless” feel. The design theme is “living space”, which means to emphasize the interior of the room where you can kick your feet and relax.
The Ioniq 5 comes in standard and long-range configurations, with a corresponding battery capacity of 58 kilowatt-hours or 77.4 kilowatt-hours. Hyundai estimates that the driving range will range from 470-480 kilometers, or just 300 miles, depending on the European Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Hyundai has not yet validated its range estimates, but it is useful to remember that WLTP estimates are generally more optimistic than the EPA, so expect that number to be lower when Ioniq reaches 5 states.
Nevertheless, it represents a serious improvement over Hyundai’s previous EV offerings. The Ioniq 5 range is about 20 percent above the Kona EV, for example, which was previously the longest range in Hyundai’s EV lineup.
EV ownership is often defined by how much time you need to charge the battery, and by that measurement the Ioniq 5 feels like it could be a winner. Hyundai says that the EV 350kW DC supports fast charging and is capable of running up to 80 percent in 18 minutes.
The Ioniq 5 supports both 400-volt and 800-volt charge. In fact, Hyundai’s e-GMP platform offers 800V charging as standard with 400V charging, without the need for additional adapters. Hyundai states that this multi-charge system is a “world’s first patented technology that operates a motor and inverter to boost 400 V to 800 V for stable charge compatibility.”
But that charging capacity flows both ways – literally. The Ioniq 5 has a two-way charging feature, which Hyundai calls “vehicle-to-load”, which can supply power up to 3.6kW. There are two charging ports, one located below the second-row seats and the other at the external charging port. Using a converter, customers can charge a range of electrical equipment, including electric bicycles, scooters, or camping equipment. The external port provides power even when the vehicle is stopped.
()An advertisement For EVE the actors are all camping, using the Ioniq 5 to power a camp oven, treadmill and half a dozen speakers.)
This two-way charging feature is not unique to Hyundai, but is rare for a passenger vehicle. The Ford F-150 PowerBoost is a hybrid version of its full-size truck, which can deliver 7.2kW of power via a built-in generator. But 3.6kW is a decent amount of output. To be sure, the Ioniq 5 does not generate its own energy, so any power drawn from its battery will eventually fall out of range of the vehicle.
If you are thinking that the price of the Ioniq 5 compares to other electric crossover SUVs, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID 4, or Tesla Model Y… well, we are. Hyundai did not release any price information for the EV, unfortunately, although we expect it to be in the $ 30,000- $ 40,000 range before tax incentives.
Unlike Tesla or General Motors, Hyundai is still eligible for a full $ 7,500 federal EV tax credit, which should help the automaker move a lot of units. Customers will seek a range certification from the EPA and more information about partnering with EV charging station operators before making their decision.
For the first time, well, forever, customers will have a range of options when it comes to shopping for midsize electric SUVs. And Ioniq 5 is already looking like it will be a strong contender.
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