The Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Hyundai and Kia, amongst others, has unveiled the first ever BEV-dedicated platform with a 25-minute detailed video reveal.
The platform is known as, er… E-GMP, which we’d have to guess nobody spent too long saying out loud. It’ll be used in their next generation of models beginning in 2021, forming the basis of Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 and 6 electric cars. By 2025, though, the group says they’ll launch 23 all-electric cars, 11 of which will be dedicated EVs. Hyundai Motor Group have evidently put a lot of work into ensuring the platform is both universal and comprehensive, and being designed with BEVs in mind gives it distinct advantages, such as much more interior space and a more powerful high-speed electric motor.
We took a look at the slightly bonkers concept version of one of the E-GMP’s confirmed offerings – a sedan modestly known as the Prophecy – back in our coverage of some of the most exciting concept EVs coming soon:
The top stats they’ve promised look exciting: though of course we won’t be seeing performances like this on every model, the platform should allow top speeds of up to 260 km/h (162 mph), with acceleration of 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and a range of over 500 kilometres (311 miles) on a single charge.
Perhaps the real game-changer, though, is the charge time: with a high-powered DC battery charging at 300 kW (800 V) as standard, they claim an 80% recharge is possible in just 18 minutes. While that’s probably only under the best of circumstances, it would reduce one of the biggest perceived shortcomings of driving a dedicated EV.
Other shiny features include the Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU), which is not only multi-charging, able to switch between 800 and 400 V, but also bi-directional – i.e. you can use it to charge not just your phone, but even your home appliances or other vehicles. It’ll also feature a compact but powerful battery pack located beneath the floor, allowing more storage and space to stretch.