Hyundai Motor Group reveals the E-GMP modular electric platform
Just as Volkswagen has got the MEB platform for its ID. type of planet, Hyundai Motor Group is launching a modular architecture of its own. It’s called E-GMP for “electric-global modular platform,” and the motor and battery powertrain is known as PE for “power electric.” These elements will underpin models from Hyundai, Kia, Genesis and the new Ioniq brand. The first to launch by using it will be the Ioniq 5.
One from the interesting aspects of this platform is that it will be designed with rear-wheel drive in mind. Like VW’s and Tesla’s EVs, the fundamental layout will have a rear-mounted motor powering those back wheels, and the battery power matches the ground between the wheels. All-wheel drive will be on some of these models with the help of another, front-mounted motor. That front motor can mechanically disconnect in the front drive axles if not needed, allowing for less mechanical drag and much more efficient driving.
Hyundai is promising impressive performance in the E-GMP and it is batteries and motors. The company claims that a car built on the platform could be capable of 0-62 mph sprints of three.5 seconds with a top speed of approximately 162 mph. This can vary based on motors, and Hyundai Motor Group revealed that you will find three outputs of motor in development. Maximum range is expected to be 311 miles around the WLTP cycle. Hyundai didn’t give exact power outputs or battery capacity in kWh, though. Battery pack consists of standardized modules that can be added or subtracted with respect to the needs of the vehicle, and the individual cells are pouch-type, much like what GM is applying in the Ultium batteries. The E-GMP cars will even support fast charging as much as 800V and 350kW, so an 80% charge from empty could happen in only 18 minutes. Two-way charging will also be supported, so your electric Hyundai or Kia could provide as much as 3.5kW of power to various appliances or even to another EV. Hyundai says you could run a “midsize” ac and a 55-inch TV for up to 24 hours with an E-GMP car.
We won’t need to wait long to determine the first car according to this platform. The Ioniq 5, which will take design inspiration in the Hyundai 45 concept, will launch the coming year. The Ioniq 6, based on the Hyundai Prophecy concept, will be 2022 and also the Ioniq 7 in 2024. The very first Kia model is a crossover revealed the coming year, and it will possess a performance variant. These cars are part of a significant EV push through the Hyundai group that will see 23 electric car models launched by 2025.
The new platform won’t underpin every new Hyundai Motor Group electric car, though. Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s head of research and development, noted that front-drive EVs derived from other models in the vein from the Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona will still be developed and sold.