Genesis G80 EV launched in the S.Korean market in 1 variant

Hyundai Motor Group’s luxury brand Genesis unveiled the electric version of the G80 at the Shanghai Auto Show as the ‘Genesis Electrified G80’. The first Genesis electric car is now on sale in South Korea.

Nearly two months after its world premiere in Shanghai, the Genesis G80 EV celebrated its domestic debut at the 2021 Seoul Smart Mobility Expo on 10 June, and was released in the local market on the 7th of July.

Genesis G80 EV rear
The Genesis Electrified G80 comes in one variant. Image Source: Genesis

Highlights of the Genesis electric car

  • The Electrified G80 is Genesis’ first electric car. It embodies the ‘Athletic Elegance’ and ‘Beauty of White Space’ design concepts in the exterior and interior.
  • Based on the NEDC system, the estimated maximum range per charge is 500+ km. At a 350kW rapid charging station, the battery charges from 10% to 80% in 22 minutes.
  • The Electrified G80 comes exclusively in All-Wheel Drive. The two motors deliver 272 kW and 700 Nm torque. The sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds in Sports mode.
  • The G80 electric has a Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) that automatically connects or disconnects the motor and driveshaft based on the driving conditions, including vehicle speed and the driving mode, seamlessly switching between 2WD and AWD to reduce power loss and improve efficiency.
  • The Electrified G80 comes with a 400V/800V multi rapid charging system that does not entail an additional converter. The motor and inverter can boost voltage from 400V to 800V for stable charging.
  • The Electrified G80 also offers V2L (Vehicle to Load) that lets customers use electric power of 3.6 kW to run appliances outside the vehicle.
  • The Genesis G80 EV comes with ANC-R (Active Noise Control-Road). The noise cancellation system reduces noise significantly by measuring and analyzing road noises with 4 sensors and 6 microphones placed inside the vehicle and by simultaneously generating sounds at the opposite phase.
  • The Preview Electronic Control Suspension (Pre-view ECS) is controlled by information supplied through the front camera and navigation system, which helps to create an optimum driving experience.
  • The brand’s signature Crest Grille is converted into an ‘aerodynamic crest’ sporting an inverted G-Matrix design. The charging flap is placed in the grille’s upper right corner. Dual chrome lines have been applied as a design highlight.
  • The Genesis G80 EV comes with a solar roof for increased efficiency.
  • It uses aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics to reduce body weight while enhancing rigidity.
  • In the interior, sustainable materials, wood, PET, nylon, and natural dyes are used in areas like the seat fabric, console, and rear armrests.
  • Exclusive color options for the G80 EV are Matira Blue (exterior) and the Dark Green Two-tone (interior)

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The G80 EV is the first Genesis electric car, and it will be followed by the GV60 later this year and then the GV70e next year. The G80e and GV70e are what Genesis terms ‘Derivative EV’ that connotes repurposed IC-engined vehicles.

Battery pack & motor

Genesis G80 EV interior
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The Genesis G80 electric has an 87.2 kWh battery pack that allows a range of up to 427 km based on internal testing. Two motors powering each axle enable four-wheel drive and allow the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds in sports mode.

Both motors individually generate 136 kW (185 PS) and 350 Nm, and they give a combined maximum power and combined maximum torque of 272 kW (370 PS) and 700 Nm, respectively. The car is equipped with a Disconnector Actuator System (DAS), which means minimized power loss and the flexibility to switch between 2WD and AWD drivetrain layouts.

AspectGenesis Electrified G80 Specification
Drivetrain LayoutAWD
Length5,005 mm
Width1,925 mm
Height1,475 mm
Wheelbase3,010 mm
No. of MotorsTwo (front and rear)
Front Motor Power136 kW (185 PS)
Rear Motor Power350 Nm
Front Motor Torque136 kW (185 PS)
Rear Motor Torque350 Nm
Total Motor Power272 kW (370 PS)
Total Motor Torque750 Nm
Combined Power Consumption4.3 km/kWh
Combined Range427 km

Solar roof

The Genesis G80’s solar roof can produce 730 Wh of electricity on an average per day in optimal condition. At this rate, charging for 5.8 hours per day (based on South Korea’s average daily sunshine), a Genesis G80 electric fitted with 19-inch wheels and equipped with a solar roof can secure an additional driving range of up to about 1,150 km.

In a decade, the solar roof could gradually shift from a lifestyle statement to a more practical solution that recharges the car’s primary battery and prevent discharge accidents. Given the limitations in the technology, the least a Genesis G80 EV driver can expect from the roof cells is assistance to the vehicle’s auxiliary electrical systems like the cabin lights, air conditioner, and the black box camera.

Genesis G80 EV side
The Genesis G80e features a unique faux front grille that highlights its eco-friendliness and encloses the charging lid. Image Source: Genesis


In the launch market of South Korea, the Genesis Electrified G80 comes in a single fully-loaded trim, at KRW 88,190,000, which converts to about EUR 65,000. Full LED lighting, 19-inch Turbine spoke-type wheels, double-glazed soundproof glass, and heated mirrors are standard. The solar roof is an optional feature costing KRW 1,400,000 (about EUR 1,000).

Interior highlights include 14.5 -inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 17-speaker Lexicon speaker sound system, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, heating, ventilation, and memory function, natural leather upholstery, regenerative braking control paddle shifters, and 8-inch digital instrument cluster.

Genesis G80 electric EV front three quarters
The Electrified G80 is the first Genesis electric car, and it is now on sale in S. Korea. Image Source: Genesis

The Genesis Electrified G80 has 17% more body rigidity than the regular Genesis G80. It has 10 airbags, including a front centre side airbag, to reduce the injuries from a collision between the driver and front passenger. Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Highway Driving Assist are some other main standard safety features.

Market Response

The G80 Electrified has managed to make a fairly big splash in the S.Korean market selling more than 2,000 units already since its launch on July 7, as per BusinessKorea. The luxury EV market has been dominated by imported brands and the 2,000 units ordered in the first three weeks has made the G80 the best-selling luxury EV in South Korea. For context, the Porsche sold 912 units of the Taycan, Mercedes EQC 400 managed 337 units in sales, 126 units of the Audi e-tron were sold and Jaguar sold 22 units of the I-Pace. Tesla, as well, also sold just 18 units of the Model S and 20 units of the Model X.

The biggest advantage the Genesis G80 enjoys over other luxury EVs is that its base price falls below the KRW 90 million upper limit allowing for government subsidies.

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