The pure electric version of the Genesis G80 is reported to have a range of 500 km and come equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving technology by TheKoreanCarBlog.com.
Thus far Hyundai has not confirmed an all-electric Genesis G80. In December 2019, under the ‘Strategy 2025’ roadmap, the company said that first Genesis fully-electric model will launch in 2021 (believed to be an SUV, codenamed Genesis JW) and the electric lineup would expand in 2024.
Back to the report, the battery pack is said to be sourced from SK Innovation with which Hyundai has signed an agreement and the autonomous technology is expected to be jointly developed by Hyundai and Samsung Electronics. The electric version of the G80 is also reported to come with driver assistance features that are present in the regular G80 including Highway Driving Assist II, forward collision avoidance assist, smart cruise control with machine learning, blind spot collision avoidance assist and pre-active safety seat.
The development of autonomous technology between Hyundai and Samsung comes in the wake of this month’s meeting between Chung Euisun, Executive Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group and Lee Jae-Yong, Vice Chairman, Samsung Group.
April 10, 2020 –
Genesis eG80 EV caught charging with its hood open
As Genesis is getting ready to expand its model range, pictures of its EVs being tested in public have surfaced and the latest to join the line is the eG80 electric sedan, courtesy Korean media outlet Motorgraph.
The eG80 test vehicle is covered completely in camouflage and is seen charging at a station with its hood open at a service area in Busan. The 19-inch dish type wheels, crest grille and quad headlamps reveal that the test mule is a G80 with an electric powertrain. While there were reports earlier that claimed the G80 will be getting PHEV version, this isn’t one as PHEVs do not support rapid charging function.
The G80 here has the charger connected inside the engine bay with the hood open, which could mean the final positioning of the charger isn’t finalized. The other possibility is that Genesis may be testing another electric vehicle using the G80’s chassis. A Kia Bongo 3 EV commercial truck is also seen accompanying the eG80.
A few days back, we reported about Genesis’s first fully electric vehicle codenamed JW, being tested. The JW EV will be built on the Hyundai Group’s e-GMP architecture that will underpin models from Hyundai and Kia as well. The JW EV will compete with electric crossover models from Audi, Mercedes and Tesla. While no information is available on the specification, we can expect the JW EV to offer a range of around 470 km in a single charge to match the competition when it comes out in 2021.
Genesis launch in India – Possible timeline?
In the past, Hyundai India’s management has confirmed that the company is considering launching the Genesis brand in India. One of the reasons for the delay could be attributed to the lack of an SUV range (Genesis launched its first SUV, the GV80, this year) as well as priority markets like Europe and China where the brand needs to invest heavily and big volumes are to be had before hunting for niches.
[Image courtesy: motorgraph.com]