Its new owner took delivery this month in Santa Monica, California.
Last Thursday, Patricia Wayne of Los Angeles took delivery of the first Genesis GV60 in the United States. But Genesis says it's more important than simply delivering a vehicle to a customer (that is what the company does, after all). This GV60 was also the first-ever Genesis electric vehicle delivered in the country. Evidently, that's rather important. Genesis has made its stance on both electric vehicles and sustainability pretty clear in recent years.
The brand recently debuted its all-electric Genesis Speedium coupe concept, and an all-electric GV70 SUV is slated to begin construction in December this year. Moreover, it and parent company Hyundai have invested $16 billion to build more electric vehicles, in line with the brand's plans for a carbon-neutral future.
"The delivery of our first electric vehicle marks an important milestone for the brand," said Claudia Marquez, chief operating officer of Genesis Motor North America. "This is yet another step towards a more sustainable future, and we are pleased to be welcoming customers like Patricia to join us on this journey." For now, at least, supply constraints have made the GV60 a rare item. Wayne clearly had some idea of this, which is likely why she joined Genesis' Priority One program.
The program, for now, available only for the GV60, allowed customers in a handful of states to place a $500 deposit to be one of the first to receive a GV60. Interestingly, it doesn't sound like Wayne had a lot of say in the spec. Genesis says that customers' deposits are "not an order of a specific vehicle." Still, she says she'd been following the car for almost a year and is incredibly excited to get behind the wheel.
Genesis says that as a GV60 customer, she'll also have three years of 30-minute free charging from Electrify America. Supposing she can get to a 150-kw charger, that should be enough to almost fully charge the GV60's 77-kwH battery.
Genesis marked the occasion by making a donation. The dealership, Genesis Santa Monica, as well as Genesis themselves, donated $20,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica at $10K each. That's part of another socially aware Genesis initiative, Genesis Gives. "A new initiative that supports STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) education, sports, and athletics programming for youth.