U.S. production of Hyundai Ioniq 5 under consideration – Report

Hyundai Motor Group is considering manufacturing the Hyundai Ioniq 5 at the Hyundai Alabama plant in the USA, say reports coming out of S.Korea. Such a move would pave the way for the American production of the Ioniq 7 and other future Ioniq crossover/SUV models.

Euisun Chung, the Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), made a week-long trip to the USA recently, during which he visited Alabama. There have been no public disclosures regarding the agenda of the trip, but according to a source of The Korea Times, the chairman visited the Hyundai Alabama factory to assess if the existing production line was suitable for the Ioniq 5.

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U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to introduce sales rebates and tax incentives for domestically manufactured electric vehicles. HMG can consider rolling out its US-bound EVs from a local factory to reap the benefits. Should HMG make one of its U.S. production sites ready for E-GMP, Genesis EVs may also see domestic production.

Hyundai has already confirmed some of the details for the North American-spec Ioniq 5. 58 kWh and 72.6 kWh are the available battery pack options in most regions. In North America, 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh will be the available battery pack options. The usage of a higher-capacity battery pack for the long-range variant in North America could be due to the more conservative range certifications of EPA.

Both standard-range and long-range variants will be available in rear-wheel drive (single-motor) and all-wheel drive (two-motor) drivetrain layouts. Take a look at the power and torque figures in the table below:

58 kWh RWD125 kW (168 hp)350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)
58 kWh AWD173 kW (232 hp)605 Nm (446 Lb.-Ft.)
77.4 kWh RWD160 kW (214 hp)350 Nm (258 Lb.-Ft.)
77.4 kWh AWD225 kW (302 hp)605 Nm (446 Lb.-Ft.)
Hyundai Ioniq 5 specification for the United States and Canada

Underpinned by the E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 5 supports not only 400-volt charging but also 800-volt charging. Using a 350 kW charger, it is possible to charge from 10-80% SoC in just 18 minutes. Moreover, bidirectional charging is supported, and so, V2L functions are available. Range figures are yet to be revealed for the North American configurations. In Europe, the 72.6 kWh AWD power electric configuration is officially expected to give the maximum possible range (WLTP) – around 470-480 km (292-298 miles).

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior dashboard
Hyundai plans to launch the Ioniq 5 in the U.S. market in the second half of the year, and will export it from the South Korean plant. Image Source: Hyundai

Hyundai plans to launch the Ioniq 5 in the USA in the second half of the year. In February, the company had confirmed that Ioniq 5 customers in North America would be able to buy it seven colors: Gravity Gold Matte, Shooting-Star Gray Matte, Digital Teal-Green Pearl, Lucid Blue Pearl, Atlas White, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Phantom Black Pearl. In other regions, color options include Galactic Gray Metallic and Mystic Olive-Green Pearl options.

Buyers of the Hyundai electric car have two options for the interior color scheme: Obsidian Black and Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray, and Dark Teal/Dove Gray. In South Korea, there’s one more option: Brown/Mud Gray.

Prices of the Ioniq 5 in the USA may start at around USD 40,000. Customer deliveries may begin at the end of the year or early next year.

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