Hyundai launches new EV platform

Hyundai has unveiled its new electric-global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform.

The new platform will serve as core technology for the company’s pure EV line-up. From 2021, the E-GMP will underpin BEVs including the IONIQ 5 range as well as Kia vehicles and other new models.

Designed exclusively for BEVs, E-GMP provides increased development flexibility, driving performance, increased range, strengthened safety features, and more interior space for occupants and luggage.

Battery technology

The battery pack will be the most power-dense system that Hyundai has created to-date. This is due to its enhanced cooling performance and with energy density enhanced by around 10% compared to existing EV battery technology, the battery packs are lighter, can be mounted lower in the body, and liberate more cabin space.

Additionally, a standardized battery system can be tuned to offer performance appropriate for a specific vehicle segment, to maximise driving range.

Hyundai has also invested in IONITY, Europe’s leading high-power charging network, as a strategic partner and shareholder. IONITY operates 308 high-power charging (HPC) stations – using a charging capacity of up to 350 kW – along highways in European countries. The company plans to increase this number to 400 HPC stations by 2022, including 51 currently under construction.

Speaking about the new platform, Albert Biermann, president and head of research and development for Hyundai, said: “With our rear-wheel driven based E-GMP, we are extending our technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.”

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