Now is the right time for new battery-electric vehicles. Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup has been making headlines lately – no surprise, given America’s enduring love affair with the half-ton truck. But I’m more excited about Hyundai’s next BEV, the Ioniq 5, which should start hitting the roads this fall. We got our first (remote) look at the Ioniq 5 in February, but this week Hyundai talked about the specs and features of the Ioniq 5s bound for the US.
At first, Hyundai will not sell the Ioniq 5 nationally. The company will prioritize states with zero emission regulations – California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – but also Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. If you don’t live in one of those 16 states and want an Ioniq 5, you’ll have to wait until 2022 to buy one.
We still don’t have pricing information – expect that information to be available. More details are also coming soon for a subscription option that looks a lot like the Volvo Care by Volvo program, which includes insurance and maintenance in its monthly fee.
The Ioniq 5, like Kia’s EV6, uses a new BEV platform called E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform). It was designed with an 800V electrical architecture, which means it can recharge the battery from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes when connected to an 800V, 350kW DC fast charger. However, E-GMP also supports the most common 400 V, 150 kW chargers without additional hardware. Hyundai will include two years (from the date of purchase) of unlimited 30-minute DC fast-charging sessions at Electrify America stations. Meanwhile, home charging should take 6 hours and 43 minutes via the car’s 10.9kW on-board AC charger.
While other markets will get the Ioniq 5 with a choice of two different battery packs, the US will be limited to the larger pack, with a capacity of 77.4 kWh. There is, however, a choice of powertrains. A rear-drive version, which uses a single 225 hp (168 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) electric motor, will be available; Hyundai is aiming for a range of 482 km with this model.
Hyundai will offer an all-wheel drive variant with two engines for those looking for a little more acceleration and a little less range. This option adds a 100 hp (74 kW) engine to the front axle, with a combined output of 320 hp (239 kW) and 446 lb-ft (605 Nm). The distance traveled by this version with a full charge depends on whether the vehicle is in the SE or SEL version, in which case this range should be 269 miles (433 km), or the more expensive Limited version, which should have a range of 244 miles (393 km). (Presumably, this is due to the added weight of additional equipment, or perhaps less aerodynamic wheels.)
All Ioniq 5s will be limited to a top speed of 185 km / h (115 mph) and will be able to tow up to 680 kg (1,500 lb).
The Ioniq 5 is basically a big battery on wheels, and Hyundai has activated a vehicle-charged (V2L) feature that allows the car to deliver up to 1.9kW of 120V power. You can plug in devices. to a standard US-standard power outlet located at the base of the rear seats or outside with an adapter that connects to the car’s charging port. For a good demonstration of how this works, I highly recommend a recent video by Jonny Smith in which he tests an Ioniq 5 preproduction in the UK (I believe European and UK spec Ioniqs have a 240V output, as this is is the voltage there):
As we noted the last time we covered the Ioniq 5, Hyundai designed some flexibility into the interior. The center console can move back and forth; with the flat floor, this means that a driver can easily enter and exit through the passenger side door. The front seats recline and include a retractable footrest, although we’re pretty sure the driver’s seat can only recline when the Ioniq 5 is parked. The rear seats also recline and can slide forward and backward.
The dashboard is dominated by a pair of 12-inch screens. One is the main instrument panel, which is complemented by an augmented reality head-up display. The second is a touchscreen for the infotainment system. Hyundai says it is developing a “hassle-free in-car payment system” for the Ioniq 5 that will allow you to “find and pay for EV charging,” “order and pay for take-out food and coffee,” and “find, reserve, and pay for parking ‘via the car. And all Ioniq 5s will come with Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car services (useful if you drop your keys in a parking lot and someone steals the car) and receive live updates for maps and multimedia software. every April and October.
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