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Hyundai Motor unveils all-new electric vehicle platform E-GMP

Dec 02, 2020 (Gmt+09:00)

The Hyundai 45 EV Concept previews the IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Co. has unveiled a new platform, which will underpin its electric vehicles in coming years as South Korea’s largest automotive group aims to grab a greater share of the rapidly growing EV market.

Taking the wraps off the platform during an event on Dec. 2, Hyundai said the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) will serve as the core technology for the group’s next-generation EV line-up.

Designed exclusively for battery electric cars, E-GMP provides various advantages compared to the automaker’s existing platforms, which have been engineered predominantly to accommodate internal combustion engines, it said.

Hyundai said the modular E-GMP architecture can be adapted to create a wide range of vehicles, including sedans and sport utility vehicles, from next year.

Hyundai Motor’s E-GMP platform for electric vehicles

IONIQ 5, FIRST EV TO ADOPT E-GMP

Hyundai’s first EV to use the new platform will be the IONIQ 5, a mid-size crossover to be unveiled in 2021. E-GMP will also underpin affiliate Kia Motors Corp.’s new EV models.

Hyundai said in August that all of its EVs will fall under a standalone sub-brand called IONIQ in response to fast-growing market demand and accelerate the automotive group’s plan to lead the global EV market.

All of the IONIQ-branded cars will sit on Hyundai’s all-electric E-GMP vehicle platform.

Hyundai Motor said E-GMP offers many benefits compared to its existing platforms.

With the position of the EV battery pack between the front and rear wheel axles, the cabin will have a flat floor allowing for more legroom and various arrangements for the front and rear seats.

Hyundai Motor’s E-GMP platform for electric vehicles

E-GMP ENABLES WORLD’S FIRST FUNCTIONS

Hyundai said E-GMP vehicles will have both 400-volt and 800-volt charging capabilities, the world’s first, and offer bi-directional charging to allow vehicles to power other devices or charge other EVs. The platform will also enable both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with more motors installed, the world’s first such function for EVs, according to Hyundai.

A car built on the platform will be capable of a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 260 km/h.

E-GMP cars will also support fast charging, with an 80% charge from empty possible in just 18 minutes and a maximum mileage of 500 km per single charge, Hyundai said. The platform will enable wireless charging for some EV models.

The Hyundai 45 EV Concept previews the IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Group has said it plans to introduce 23 fully electric models and sell 1million units a year globally by 2025.

Albert Biermann, Hyundai's head of research and development, said the automotive group won't make batteries for its EVs in-house.

He said the company is in close partnership with three local battery makers  – LG Chem Ltd., SK Innovation Co. and Samsung SDI Co. – to secure enough batteries for its electric cars. Currently, LG and SK supply batteries to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a global energy research firm, the global EV market will take off in coming years, with electric cars forecast to account for 58% of all cars newly sold in 2040.

Write to Byung-Uk Do and Seung-Hyun Baik at dodo@hankyung.com

In-Soo Nam edited this article.

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