New Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car wins Germany – .

New Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car wins Germany – .

It is already 2022 in the world of car enthusiasts, and Hyundai has just taken the lead with the German Car of the Year award for its Ioniq 5 electric car. the hat to the automaker, which has faced its fair share of criticism over the years. Now all of a sudden it is launching – and winning – a compact electric vehicle while other automakers have stumbled upon themselves to find a place in the larger SUV market. Go figure!

German Car of the Year 2022 award for Hyundai Ionic 5 electric car

It looks like all the other automakers that have written off compacts in favor of bigger vehicles will have to revisit the electric car market.

Hyundai wasted no time bragging about its new German Car of the Year 2022 award.

Award notification fell just six months after Hyundai first launched the Ioniq 5 in Germany, touted as a fully electric mid-size compact utility vehicle.

The Ioniq 5 took on other competitors in five categories, including “New Energy”, which saw it win the 2022 Global Prize.

Hyundai quotes Jens Meiners, founder and jury member for the German Car of the Year awards, who said that “the unique combination of design, efficiency and driving pleasure of IONIQ 5 has enabled the car to d ” obtain above-average scores on all criteria without showing weak points. . “

“In our eyes, the concept of operation and battery technology of the IONIQ 5 is revolutionary,” added Meiners.

For the record, Jens Meiners is a collaborating editor of Car and driver. Based in the US and Germany, he’s been covering the auto industry since GM dipped a toe in electric vehicle waters in the 1990s, so dropping the words “unique” and “revolutionary” from its pen is all. a feat.

“This victory shows that battery electric vehicles are becoming increasingly relevant to our customers in Europe. The IONIQ 5 is currently the flagship model of our electrification strategy and reinforces Hyundai’s vision for zero emission mobility, ”said Michael Cole, CEO and President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

What is this Ioniq 5 you’re talking about?

It looks like the Ioniq line of electric cars is growing here in the United States as well. Tesla’s sightings have grown into a dime, so you know something has to happen when multiples of any other electric car show up on radar around your local roads within a matter of days.

Based on these observations, it appears that the Ioniq line already has fans in the New York – New Jersey metro area.

If nobody sells the Ioniq 5 in your area yet, you can still get a close look by going to your movie theater and learning about the electric car’s starring role in Spiderman: No way home, which is scheduled to take place from December 17.

Regarding specifications, Hyundai explains that “customers can choose between two battery options – 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh – and all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.”

“The rear-wheel-drive, 72.6 kWh version offers a maximum range of 481 kilometers on a single charge, according to WLTP,” they add, noting that in both cases you can charge 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. at a fast charging station.

The multimodal electric car of the future

Hyundai almost buried its head in all of this excitement about battery life and charging times, although it did finally get there.

“Customers can use Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology to charge any electronic device while driving or parking, such as laptops or electric scooters. “

Did they just say what we think they just said? Yes they have. The reference to laptops indicates an awareness that the electric vehicle of the future is essentially a large energy storage device on wheels, which can serve as an extension of the home or office and also provide resilience in the event of a breakdown. current.

The e-scooter thing is particularly interesting because it also applies to e-bikes and other small personal mobility devices. Even though we love the electric car, let’s face it. All cars contribute to urban congestion, and they absorb much more raw materials than smaller vehicles like electric scooters and e-bikes. If the car-plus-scooter (or bike) model can replace the two-car household, so much the better.

The e-bike trend is spreading like wildfire (see some of our reviews here, here, and here), so pairing your location with electric cars with zero-emission two-wheeled mobility is a smart move.

Hyundai had already anticipated the trend in 2019 when it introduced a new electric scooter that fits into a special compartment in its vehicles, although this particular scooter appears to be designed for very young and very fit people who can hold on. balances on a very small platform, which isn’t too difficult on a newly paved bike path, but it can be difficult to navigate over manhole covers, potholes, and cobblestones. It will be interesting to see if and when Hyundai starts designing e-bikes that can also fit in special compartments.

Meanwhile, Hyundai has integrated its steel division into the market for sharing e-bikes with H-bike. The pilot program also includes the reuse of used batteries from hybrid electric cars.

Hyundai and the wide world of vehicle electrification

Returning to the Ioniq 5, Hyundai covers all bases by including two years of free access to the Electrify America network of fast-charging stations, which already includes nearly 700 stations virtually across the United States.

Meanwhile, Hyundai hasn’t given up on its quest for the elusive fuel cell electric vehicle unicorn either. Tempting individual car buyers into a fuel cell electric car has proven to be a struggle, and it is getting harder and harder day by day as battery electric technology improves, costs come down. and that the charging times also decrease. Like other leading automakers like Volvo, Hyundai appears to be interested in the heavy truck and off-road sectors for the fuel cell sector in the near term.

In an interesting twist, the fuel cell market could help accelerate the construction of the global network of battery electric vehicle charging stations. Indeed, the growing interest in fuel cells has turned into an explosive growth of the green hydrogen market, which uses renewable energies to produce hydrogen from renewable resources such as water, biogas, wastewater and plastic waste.

Using renewable energies and resources to decarbonize the fuel cell industry increases the potential for destruction of electric vehicle charging stations in remote areas, without the need to build new transmission cables and drains. ‘other electrical infrastructure.

The Extreme-E electric vehicle racing circuit is among the first to come up with the idea of ​​recharging a battery electric vehicle at a remote charging station powered by a green hydrogen fuel cell. The big question is why not just plug a set of batteries into your remote electric car charger. If you have any ideas on this, drop us a note in the comment thread.

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Image (cropped): The Ioniq 5 electric car featured in the new Spiderman movie, courtesy of Hyundai Motors.

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