Hyundai reveals new E-GMP electric car platform

Hyundai has released a detailed specification for its new E-GMP architecture, which will underpin 23 new electric cars by 2025.

The Hyundai Motor Group has officially unwrapped its new E-GMP electric vehicle architecture. The firm hopes the dedicated platform, which will underpin 25 all-new EVs by 2025, will help it sell one million electric vehicles in the next five years.

Hyundai’s new platform will be gradually rolled out, appearing first beneath the Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV in 2021. It’ll be followed by Kia’s upcoming electric crossover, then two additional EVs under Hyundia’s Ioniq sub-brand by 2024 have also been confirmed.

Like Volkswagen’s MEB platform, Hyundai’s E-GMP architecture is modular, which means it can be used across a broad range of vehicle segments. As well as a spate of SUVs and crossovers, the platform will also underpin a production version of the Hyundai Prophecy concept in 2022.

Hyundai says that the battery pack has been mounted low down in the chassis for better weight distribution, while the rear axle can also accommodate a five-link suspension system. Rear-wheel drive will be the default setup, although buyers will also be able to spec all-wheel drive.

The battery pack itself will be the most power-dense unit the Hyundai Group has ever created, with an energy density 10 per cent greater than that of its current electric vehicles. To eke out as much range as possible, four-wheel drive versions of the platform will also feature a setting which disengages the front motor under low-stress cruising conditions.

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Final performance and range figures for the platform are yet to be confirmed, but Hyundai currently estimates that E-GMP will provide up to 500km of range. The platform also supports both 400V and 800V charging capability, allowing the battery to recoup an 80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes.

Unlike Hyundai’s current electric cars, its upcoming E-GMP models will also feature two-way charging, allowing owners to use the electricity stored in their cars to power electrical appliances, machinery and even their homes.

The vehicle-to-load system can supply either 110V or 220V (depending on the appliance), at a power output of 3.5kW. Hyundai says that’s enough to operate a mid-sized air conditioner or a 55-inch television for 24 hours.

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