With the Ioniq 5, Hyundai opened up a new chapter for electric mobility, which is said to be the future of automobiles in general all around the world. The first product from Hyundai’s E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform), which is already on sale in many international markets, the Hyundai Ioniq5 has wowed many with its futuristic appeal in and out and the technological wizardry which it is packing in. Hyundai already claims a WLTP-tested range of 481 km for the Ioniq 5, and now the US EPA ratings of its maximum driving range are out as well.
According to recent reports, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has gone under US EPA tests, which has resulted in a maximum possible driving range of 488 km in a single charge. This has even bettered the WLTP ratings of the car by around 7 km, which is positive news for those who are anticipating this new-age vehicle from Hyundai.
In parallel news to it, Hyundai has also confirmed six new electric vehicles which will arrive in India by 2028. The portfolio of these six new EVs will include electric vehicle versions of the existing IC engine products as well as some all-new cars based on the E-GMP platform, the latter of which also underpins the Ioniq 5. Given that Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first car based on E-GMP and has been spotted testing on the Indian roads, the news is that the Ioniq 5 will officially launch in India by mid-2022.
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Hyundai will bring the Ioniq 5 as a CBU product, which means that it will be a niche and brand building product for the Korean carmaker. The Ioniq 5 will be sold in limited numbers and priced higher than the current flagship EV from Hyundai, the Kona EV.
Ioniq 5 is available in two configurations
Globally, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available in two configurations, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel-drive version gets a single motor setup which makes 169 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The more powerful all-wheel-drive version gets an electric motor on each axle, the combined power and torque outputs of which are rated at 306 bhp and 605 Nm respectively.
For both the RWD and AWD versions of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, there are two battery pack options available – 58 kWh with a maximum range of 385 km and 72.6 kWh with a maximum driving range of 481 km. It is the latter that was tested for the US EPA ratings, in which it squeezed out an even better range of 488 km.
While Hyundai hasn’t confirmed the names of the six EVs, which will be launched in India by 2028, the Ioniq 5 and the new-generation Kona EV are the frontrunners of the list. Though, it is confirmed that out of the six vehicles, three would be derived from the existing IC engine offerings. Hyundai is also working on enhancing the charging infrastructure in India, as it has already set up 50 kW DC fast-charging stations in four cities and AC fast chargers in its 108 dealerships.
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