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Hyundai announced new EV sales targets and more details of its E-GMP that will underpin future electric vehicles from the group starting from next year.

03 Dec 2020 | International News : South Korea

Hyundai has announced further details of its new Electric Vehicle (EV) platform during a live press event held on 1 December 2020.

The Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) will underpin future EV models from the Hyundai Motor Group, which includes EVs from Kia and Genesis.

The new E-GMP platform will feature on the new Ioniq 5, which is based on the Hyundai 45 electric concept car (right)
Fayez Abdul Rahman, Senior Vice President and Head of Vehicle Architecture Development Centre at Hyundai, also mentioned that the Hyundai Motor Group will introduce 23 new EVs by 2025, including dedicated EVs.

At this point, we understand that out of the 23 EVs planned, 11 of these EVs across the Group will be 'dedicated EVs' which will run the E-GMP platform. The first car to feature this platform will be from Hyundai - the Ioniq 5 - scheduled for launch in 2021. Future Ioniq models are also confirmed to run the new E-GMP platform.

EVs aren't a new thing for Hyundai. In Singapore, Hyundai already has two notable EVs - the Ioniq Electric and the Kona Electric. Hyundai has mentioned that the E-GMP platform alone has been in development for four years now, with other technologies related to EVs in development for much longer.

The E-GMP platform can be adapted to suit different vehicle body styles, thanks to its modularity
The E-GMP platform brings about various benefits as it eliminates developmental and manufacturing complexities. Thanks to its modularity, it has the flexibility to to used across different body styles and segments.

Hyundai says that its aim is also to popularise the adoption of EVs in the foreseeable future, as consumers can choose an EV based on their needs.

Designed for a two-motor four-wheel drive system, the E-GMP platform allows for the option of a rear-wheel drive, single-motor setup.

Thanks to the absence of an internal combustion engine, it allows for an electric motor to be mounted low in the platform, offering a low centre of gravity and ideal driving performance.

The electric motor found on the new platform has a maximum speed that is up to 70% faster compared to existing motors
Speaking of performance, up to 600bhp can be expected from the platform, a zero to 100km/h time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 260km/h.

During the live press event, Hyundai did not specifically confirm that a high performance electric N model would be based on the E-GMP platform, but did mention that such developments may be possible in the future.

The other stats released look promising, too. Hyundai claims the platform will be able to charge up to 80% within 18 minutes via fast charging, and offer a range of over 500km for a full charge according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicle Procedure. The live panel also mentioned that a battery capacity of up to 200kWh can be expected from the platform.

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