New ‘IONIQ’ EV brand

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Hyundai has launched a new zero emissions electric only car brand called IONIQ. Motorhub was at the virtual launch of the new global range this morning. Over the next three years, Hyundai will introduce the IONIQ 5, 6, and that all make use of a brand new EV platform from the Korean giant – much like VW has done with its ID platform. The three models will cover a diverse range of body-types to suit different demands and lifestyles.

If IONIQ sounds familiar it should! Since 2016 the IONIQ has been car a model in Hyundai’s line up that comes as an EV, PHEV and Hybrid. Hyundai says the word IONIQ is a fusion of two words – ion and unique. An ion has low mass and high mobility; electricity transforms into energy and power when two positively charged ions flow… co now you know. The IONIQ 5 is the first model revealed today at an online press conference and it features a progressive crossover design “smart living room” interior. Hyundai says: ‘The IONIQ 5 fuses the look of its very first iconic model, the 1975 Pony and 45 years of design heritage with neo-retro touches, advancing Hyundai’s pure design language’.

So what are the key points with the new mid sized crossover IONIQ 5: The IONIQ 5 is built on Hyundai Motor Group’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle platform: E-GMP. It will come with either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh battery packs. Two wheel drive and all wheel drive versions will be available. The AWD version has a power output of 300hp and a whopping 605nm of torque. Maximum driving range is quoted between 470-480km (2WD). All versions have a top speed of 185km/h. The new platform allows for both 800V and 400V charging – a cutting-edge charging technology to keep you up and running quickly and efficiently. The IONIQ 5 is one of the first production vehicles with an 800V battery system. It charges ultra-fast, performs consistently at a high level, and is optimised for weight and space. Hyundai says a 10%-80% charge is possible in 18 minutes! The IONIQ 5 comes with V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) technology. With a 220V (domestic) plug inside the vehicle, you can power any device or charge electrical equipment of up to 3,6kW. So you can charge your e-bike or even household appliances in the car.

Like most EVs it is brisk. 0-100km/h takes 5.3 seconds.Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform provides a three-metre wheelbase, resulting in outstanding proportions and unheard of spaciousness. There IONIQ 5 gets a boot and a frunk i.e. front boot.Hyundai says the IONIQ 5 offers premium comfort and features two fully reclining relaxation seats in the front. So with the push of a button you can lean back for a refreshing break in between powerful experiences.Its a green too, e.g. a portion of its carpet and trim materials contain raw materials extracted from sugar cane. In addition, BIO-PET plastic yarn is used in the manufacture of our cloth seats, and its leather seats are made of an eco-friendly process leather that uses flax seed oil instead of animal products.Unlike many EVs that cannot tow a trailer (type approval/battery layout issues) the IONIQ 5 can tow too – up to 1,600kgs (braked).

The IONIQ 5 thanks to its new EV platform (E-GMP) has a flat floor and loads of interior space that delivers great flexibility – it looks pretty good too! We can expect to hear a lot more about IONIQ.

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Michael is Motorhub's Editor. Well known from TV and radio, Michael has been writing, presenting and judging cars since the mid 90's. He is a renowned Producer/Director and documentary film maker. Dozens of credits include: The Whole Way Round (Gay Byrne), The Shamrock Run (Alan Shortt), The Viking Run (Clodagh McKenna) and The Irish 66ers (David Mitchell) and The Climb for Kids (Colin Farrell). Print credits include: the RTE Guide (motoring editor 1999-2003), many national daily papers and Sundays including The Irish Times (freelance) plus other magazines. National radio credits include multiple at RTE Gerry Ryan show, the Mooney Show, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. TV credits as a motoring expert include RTE's flagship current affairs show Primetime and TV3's Ireland AM. Michael also presented RTE's car show Drive! in the late 90s and directed some items in MPH2 on TG4. Michael contributes weekly on motoring issues to The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM. Michael has represented Ireland's motoring journalists in Motorsport at the International Mazda MX-5 endurance race series in Italy and the Arctic Ice Race. He has been a Car of the Year Judge for 20 years, more recently a judge for Van of the Year. Michael is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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