Hyundai is approaching the final stage of testing and development of its brand new EV codenamed ‘Hyundai NE EV’ built on the E-GMP platform and inspired by the Hyundai 45 Concept and the Hyundai Pony. Now new information on the electric car has been reported for the first time, by South Korean media outlet Hankyung.com.
The NE EV is reportedly scheduled to be launched in January 2021 and was last seen testing around the famous Nurburgring race track to fine-tune its mechanicals this month. Recent reports say that the CUV has a length of 4,635 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a height of 1,605 mm. For comparison, Hyundai Kona EV measures 4,180 mm/1,800 mm/1,570 mm. That makes the NE a long and low-slung design compared to the latter.
The wheelbase is supposedly 3,000 mm, 100 mm more than the full-size Hyundai Palisade SUV. This is possible because of its EV credentials and NE is the first fully-electric vehicle built by Hyundai that is based on a dedicated EV platform. Until now, Hyundai’s EVs like the Kona EV, Ioniq etc are based on modified versions of ICE platforms.
With respect to the battery pack, there is expected to be two options – 58 kWh and 73 kWh, offering a range of around 350 km and 500 km respectively. The batteries, developed by SK Innovation, are said to support fast charging up to 400 kW, enabling the NE to be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 12 minutes. Hyundai had unveiled a 350 kW Hi-Charger concept in December 2019 that made a full charge possible on a car like the Ioniq in 20 minutes. Reports also suggest that Hyundai will be equipping the NE EV with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities with driving assistance systems.
|Hyundai 45-based EV Specification||Value|
|Battery capacity (kWh)||58 kWh & 73 kWh|
|Travel Range (km)||350 km (58 kWh model) & 500 km (73 kWh model)|
|Charging time (minutes)||12 minutes to 80 percent at 400 kW charger|
|Release date or Launch date||January 2021 (South Korea)|
|Competitors||VW ID.3, VW ID.4 & Renault compact SUV on the CMF-EV|
According to recent information on TheKoreanCarBlog.com, Hyundai Motor will reveal its electric car that is based on the 45 Concept in January 2021. The website’s new report says the 45 EV is the future of the Hyundai electric car. The hatch, styled like a crossover, will have a small electric motor at the front and a powerful one at the rear.
The Hyundai 45 EV was spotted up-close under camouflage at a charging station in South Korea last month revealing a few details. The 45 EV is inspired by the Hyundai Pony model (produced between 1975 and 1994) and is the first car to be built on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), which is Hyundai’s equivalent of the Volkswagen MEB Platform.
The design of the 45 EV Concept, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, celebrates 45 years of Pony Coupe Concept and gets an unmissable angular design. No details about the car’s electric powertrain are available but reports suggest the crossover EV will have a range of over 500 km which would put it ahead of Hyundai’s current electric vehicles – Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Ioniq. With two electric motors on each axle, the 45 EV will be an all-wheel-drive. The fully electric powertrain maximises the space inside with the batteries placed under the car’s floor, nicknamed the skateboard floor.
Hyundai 45 EV Concept
The 45 EV Concept, its precursor, features distinctive lattice radiator grille, kinetic cube lamp design, hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) that utilizes cameras instead of rear view mirrors, sliding doors, lounge-style seats and minimalistic interiors. The front seats of the concept rotate to face the passengers for better interaction and when the occupants open the door to enter or exit, the seats swivel for better ingress and egress. There is no single touchscreen infotainment system but a series of displays that are integrated into the dashboard. Look for many of these features in spirit on the production vehicle which will explore the upper limits of the company’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language.
There have also been reports of Hyundai finalizing SK Innovation as the exclusive battery supplier for the first batch of electric cars built on the E-GMP as opposed to LG Chem or CATL. Hyundai is expected to launch the production car for customers the first quarter of 2021 to compete with the VW ID.3. It is also confirmed that Hyundai will produce the Prophecy Concept as a replacement to the Hyundai Ioniq.
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Pony-inspired Hyundai ’45’ EV – Not India-bound
The Hyundai 45 EV will not be launched in India as the company is preparing a dedicated low-cost electric vehicle series under the ‘Smart EV’ project, the Indian media has reported. The first ‘affordable’ electric vehicle from this program will appear in 2022 as a compact SUV to challenge the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra eXUV300. A near-production concept is expected at the Auto Expo 2022, and the company is also expected to have plans to export the vehicle to emerging markets.