The Hyundai E-GMP platform will be underpinning 23 Hyundai, Kia and Genesis electric vehicles between 2021-2025.
South Korean auto giant Hyundai has unveiled its new EV architecture that will spawn out at least 23 electric vehicles between 2021-2025. Dubbed as Electric-Global Modular Platform or Hyundai E-GMP platform, this is something that MEB is to German auto giant Volkswagen. Not only Hyundai, but Kia and Genesis too will launch its own electric cars based on this platform.
Electric vehicles have become major parts of all auto companies’ road maps across the world. Hyundai is one of the global auto giants has been working on electric cars for quite a long time. The automaker has already introduced the Kona EV in Indian market among others. Now, with the Hyundai E-GMP platform, the automaker aims to accelerate the pace of its electrification drive.
Both Tesla and Lucid design their own electric motors in order to make them more efficient. Hyundai is also doing the same thing instead of taking it from a supplier.
Talking about the Hyundai E-GMP platform, Albert Biermann, president and head of R&D for the Hyundai Motor Group, said that the rear-wheel-driven-based E-GMP will extend Hyundai’s technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.
Deep dive into the Hyundai E-GMP platform
The first electric vehicle to be underpinned by the Hyundai E-GMP platform is the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which has been unveiled in concept form. Apart from that other Ioniq EV models too would use the same platform.
As revealed, the Hyundai E-GMP platform’s main components are a battery pack under the cabin, an all-in-one motor, transmission and inverter – all of them designed and developed by Hyundai. The platform will allow the e-vehicles to have long wheelbase enabling more cabin space for occupants and cargo.
According to the automaker, the motor onboard can raise the maximum speed by up to 70% as compared to the existing motors, despite its smaller size. The battery onboard Hyundai E-GMP platform will be capable of charging to 80% in 18 minutes, thanks to an 800-volt architecture that supports charging speeds up to 350 kW. With a 5-minutes charging, the Hyundai E-GMP platform based EVs will be able to run around 100 km distance.
The battery pack size of the Hyundai E–GMP platform is yet to be disclosed, but Hyundai claims it is targeting almost 500 km driving range on WLTP scale. This means at least 23% improvement from the Kona EV, the longest driving range model among Hyundai’s EV lineups. Also, the Hyundai E-GMP platform can generate around 608 PS of maximum power output, according to the automaker.
One of the upcoming 23 electric vehicles based on this underpinning will be a high-performance model that would uncover in 2021. This planned high-performance electric car would be capable of accelerating 0-100 kmph in less than 3.5 seconds. Also, it will be able to run at a top speed of 260 kmph. It will be available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The all-wheel-drive variant will get two motors, each powering one axle. Hyundai claims the front motor can decouple from the wheels as per requirement.
Hyundai E-GMP platform and bilateral charging
Another interesting feature of the Hyundai E-GMP platform is the bidirectional charging technology. In simple words, this is a dual-way charging technology. This means a Hyundai E-GMP platform based vehicle can discharge its energy from the battery pack to the grid or to a house. However, for this, the particular house or charging station has to be equipped with the same technology.
According to Hyundai, the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function supplies 3.5 kW of energy, which can power a mid-size air conditioner and a 55-inch TV for 24 hours. This amount of power can be used to charge another EV as well.