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Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 to be first vehicle in company’s new, purely electric range: The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 endeavors to reinvigorate the South Korean manufacturer’s electric vehicle campaign and serve as the starting model for a new and incredibly diverse range of electric vehicles (at least that is what the leading creative minds at Hyundai have implied) that it will institute. From the details that have already been released concerning Hyundai’s latest and perhaps most intrepid attempt at a medium sized electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 is determined to perfect the blend of range, performance, practicality, innovative, avant-garde aesthetic, and pioneering technology that is imperative for all successful electric vehicles. And from what it seems, Hyundai’s lofty ambitions for the Ioniq 5 may not be so absurd after all and it has already raised the crucial question of whether it will be able to give the Tesla Model 3, which has dominated the electric vehicle market in the past few months, a run for its money. 

The Ioniq 5 will be the first of Hyundai’s revitalised electric range to be supported by the firm’s Electric-Global Modular Platform, which has been designed with the specific intention of hosting an electric powertrain, and will be subsumed into both the larger Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7. Evidently, Hyundai is already considering the possibilities that their new, unique architecture has exposed and is anxious to realise, indicating, like many other companies and manufacturers who view e-mobility as a serious matter worth the enterprise, that they are completely invested into this transition. 

Two types of batteries will be offered upon release, a 58 kWh and a more powerful 72.6 kWh, in which either choice will be available with a single motor, rear-wheel drive variant, or a dual motor, four-wheel drive variant. The 72.6 kWh, four-wheel drive offering will produce 302 brake horse power and 446 lb ft of torque, being limited to 115 mph, and boasting a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. On the other side of the spectrum, the 58 kWh, rear-wheel drive version will produce 176 bhp and be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in the space of 8.5 seconds. 

While range has not yet been tested, Hyundai has claimed that the most efficient Ioniq 5 that is able to best make use of its reserves of electricity, will manage a respectable 295 miles on a single charge. In terms of charging, the integration of an 800V architecture means that the Ioniq 5 is compatible with 350 kW rapid chargers that will replenish its battery from 10 to 80% in an extremely impressive 18 minutes, which translates roughly to 62 miles of range after a meagre 5 minutes of charging. 

What is perhaps even more amazing is the fact that the Ioniq 5 is essentially the equivalent of a relatively small generator. Therefore, whilst it is able to charge a raft of electric appliances such as a laptop, and is capable of supplying a total of 3.6 kW of power, it can also divert electricity back into the national grid due to its vehicle-to-grid charging. 

The design of the Ioniq 5 itself parallels the 45 EV Concept that was unveiled in 2019 in the majority of its superficial features, which has clearly inspired much of its futuristic apparel. However, this is no criticism and the Ioniq 5 is quite unlike any other Hyundai of its kind appearance wise. It is distinctive and idiosyncratic enough to feel far more exclusive than its allegedly more affordable status would suggest, with a multitude of innovatively unconventional elements such as the pixelated front and rear lights, clamshell bonnet, pop out door handles, and intricately contrived, 20 inch alloy wheels. Hyundai have announced that this design will be unique to the Ioniq 5, in which any vehicles in the future that fall under the Ioniq range will deviate drastically in looks. 

As is consistent in most electric vehicles, the Ioniq 5 contains a refined yet minimalist interior, made all the more spacious by the “skateboard” arrangement of the chassis. Space for rear passengers is also improved due to the use of slimline, which are 30% thinner than those in other Hyundai models. Additionally, certain parts of the interior are made entirely from sustainable materials, including the seats, armrests, and floor, which consist of recycled plastic bottles, leather which has been processed in an environmentally friendly manner using vegetable oil, and wood. Aside from this widespread use of recycled products and sustainably manufactured materials, the Ioniq 5 lacks a traditional centre console, which has been substituted for a large storage tray that can slide forwards or backwards by a maximum of 140 mm, as well as a pair of raised cupholders. The back seats can also be moved forwards or backwards by 135 mm and can fold in a 60:40 configuration, which drastically increases the boot capacity from 531 to 1600 litres. The front seats can similarly recline until they are almost flat. This flexibility and adaptability in the interior all conforms with Hyundai’s idea of a “Smart Living Space”, in which other features such as a heat pump, Bose speakers, heated front and rear seats, and ventilated seats at the front, will make the Ioniq 5 and even more comfortable and pleasant place to be. 

The Ioniq 5 possess two 12 inch infotainment screens that provide instantaneous, automatic software updates and other services through Hyundai’s Bluelink connectivity, as well as Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and voice recognition. There are also various autonomous and safety features including adaptive cruise control that can steer and brake on the motorway without intervention from the driver, automatically activated headlights and emergency braking, speed limit assist, parking assist, a surround-view camera system, and lane maintenance assist. 

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be released in the UK in the summer of this year in the form of the Project 45 edition, which will be available in limited quantities, feature a solar roof, and cost £45,000 (taking into account the £3000 government grant). Hyundai have yet confirmed prices for later models and the next waves that will follow the Project 45, which will be revealed closer to their respective times. Hyundai have also launched Charge myHyundai in the UK, which provides Hyundai’s customers that have purchased electric vehicles with access to over 15,000 charging points in the UK’s expanding charging network as well as a facilitated payment system and far more transparent tariffs. 

As of now, since the 23rd of February, Hyundai have received approximately 236,000 “expressions of interest” for the Ioniq 5 from European consumers, which demonstrates the rapidly growing market for electric vehicles, whilst Hyundai claims that this is the most pre-release interest they have galvanised for any vehicle in all of their history. As a result, this seems to be an auspicious start for the company’s re-entrance into the electric vehicle tournament, with the Ioniq 5 showing that they are more than willing to compete. Who knows, maybe it will be the Ioniq 5 that dethrones the Tesla Model 3? It certainly has the potential

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