Called E-GMP, the new platform will allow for impressive range and acceleration.
You've likely already heard of the Hyundai Ioniq EV, but what you may not know is that this vehicle is underpinned by a new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) platform called E-GMP that the Korean motor company has developed to offer both expansive driving range and astonishing acceleration performance. This comes after news that Kia is planning to offer a host of new EVs too, and those new models will share the same platform as will the rest of the Hyundai Ioniq range. But while this sort of thing is unsurprising, the claims that Hyundai is making about its new platform certainly make for interesting reading.
Hyundai says that the platform will allow for the world's first multi-charging (400V/800V) and "bi-directional power conversion function", allowing for up to 350-kWh charging and a range of over 310 miles on a single charge, with recharging to 80% possible in just 18 minutes and up to 62 miles of range in just five minutes. In addition, a high-performance model based on this platform is promised to come with the ability to run the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. The components of this platform will improve handling ability and safety too. Power will be sent to the rear wheels with the option of an additional motor on the front axle for those who want AWD. The AWD system will also be disconnectable for greater efficiency.
Furthermore, the E-GMP platform will allow for two-way charging, which will enable customers to operate 110/220V machinery from the car's battery pack. It can even be used to charge another EV while a new vehicle-to-load (V2L) function will be able to supply 3.5-kW of power - enough to run a mid-sized air conditioner unit as well as a 55-inch TV for up to 24 hours. Since the platform is designed to be modular, Hyundai will be able to develop new vehicles depending on customer needs quickly.
All of this is part of Hyundai Motor Group's plan to launch 23 BEV models and sell a million BEV units worldwide by 2025.