Hyundai Motors' new EV platform promises ranges up to 500 km (310 miles), sports-car level acceleration and supreme design flexibility, starting next year.
The South Korean auto group’s so-called e-GMP, short for electric global modular platform, was unveiled on a video conference from Seoul on Tuesday, with executives and engineers detailing specifications.
The system has been developed to achieve long-range, dynamic driving and low-energy consumption. Its rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive layouts, with wheels pushed to the edges, accommodates a range of body types, from sedans and crossovers to performance cars.
The system, which gets an all-new battery and motor, can cover 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 260 kph, Hyundai said. The new vehicles can drive up to 500 km on a full battery, which can recharge to 80 percent in 18 minutes.
The new platform will be geared toward larger vehicles from the compact segment and above, all the way to a large seven-seat crossover in the realm of the Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai said.