Hyundai Motor Group’s luxury brand Genesis unveiled the electric version of the G80 at the Shanghai Auto Show as the ‘Genesis Electrified G80’. It has emerged on South Korean auto portals that the electric version of the Genesis G80 has passed certification in S.Korea and that it will come bearing the name Genesis G80e.
Highlights of the Genesis electric car
- The Electrified G80 is Genesis’ first electric car. It embodies the ‘Athletic Elegance’ and ‘Beauty of White Space’ design concepts in the exterior and interior.
- Based on the NEDC system, the estimated maximum range per charge is 500+ km. At a 350kW rapid charging station, the battery charges from 10% to 80% in 22 minutes.
- The Electrified G80 comes exclusively in All-Wheel Drive. The two motors deliver 272 kW and 700 Nm torque. The sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds in Sports mode.
- The G80 electric has a Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) that automatically connects or disconnects the motor and driveshaft based on the driving conditions, including vehicle speed and the driving mode, seamlessly switching between 2WD and AWD to reduce power loss and improve efficiency.
- The Electrified G80 comes with a 400V/800V multi rapid charging system that does not entail an additional converter. The motor and inverter can boost voltage from 400V to 800V for stable charging.
- The Electrified G80 also offers V2L (Vehicle to Load) that lets customers use electric power of 3.6 kW to run appliances outside the vehicle.
- The Genesis G80 EV comes with ANC-R (Active Noise Control-Road). The noise cancellation system reduces noise significantly by measuring and analyzing road noises with 4 sensors and 6 microphones placed inside the vehicle and by simultaneously generating sounds at the opposite phase.
- The Preview Electronic Control Suspension (Pre-view ECS) is controlled by information supplied through the front camera and navigation system, which helps to create an optimum driving experience.
- The brand’s signature Crest Grille is converted into an ‘aerodynamic crest’ sporting an inverted G-Matrix design. The charging flap is placed in the grille’s upper right corner. Dual chrome lines have been applied as a design highlight.
- The Genesis G80 EV comes with a solar roof for increased efficiency.
- It uses aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics to reduce body weight while enhancing rigidity.
- In the interior, sustainable materials, wood, PET, nylon, and natural dyes are used in areas like the seat fabric, console, and rear armrests.
- Exclusive color options for the G80 EV are Matira Blue (exterior) and the Dark Green Two-tone (interior)
The G80 EV is the first Genesis electric car, and it will be followed by the GV60 later this year and then the GV70e next year. The G80e and GV70e are what Genesis terms ‘Derivative EV’ that connotes repurposed IC-engined vehicles.
Battery pack & motor
The Genesis G80 electric has an 87.2 kWh battery pack that allows a range of up to 427 km based on internal testing. Two motors powering each axle enable four-wheel drive and allow the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds in sports mode.
Both motors individually generate 136 kW (185 PS) and 350 Nm and give a combined maximum power and combined maximum torque of 272 kW (370 PS) and 700 Nm, respectively. The car is equipped with a Disconnector Actuator System (DAS), which means minimized power loss and the flexibility to switch between 2WD and AWD drivetrain layouts.
The Genesis G80 electric’s solar roof can produce 730 Wh of electricity on an average per day in optimal condition. At this rate, charging for 5.8 hours per day (based on South Korea’s average daily sunshine), a Genesis G80 electric fitted with 19-inch wheels and equipped with a solar roof can secure an additional driving range of up to about 1,150 km.
In a decade, the solar roof could gradually shift from a lifestyle statement to a more practical solution that recharges the car’s primary battery and prevent discharge accidents. Given the limitations in the technology, the least a Genesis G80 EV driver can expect from the roof cells is assistance to the vehicle’s auxiliary electrical systems like the cabin lights, air conditioner, and the black box camera.
On Genesis’ second electric car
HMG is working on a standalone Genesis electric vehicle codenamed ‘Genesis JW‘ that will step into the marketplace later this year as the Genesis GV60. The company will build on its e-GMP architecture underpinning models from Hyundai (Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6 & Ioniq 7) and Kia (Kia EV6). The Genesis GV60 will compete with electric crossover models from Audi, Mercedes, and Tesla with features like an 18 minute charging time to reach 80 percent charge, virtual mirrors, and wireless charging, as reported by the South Korean press.
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