Hyundai Motor Group is considering manufacturing the Hyundai Ioniq 5 at the Hyundai Alabama plant in the USA, reports coming out of S.Korea said last month. 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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Shortly after this report, the Hyundai Motor Group announced that it would manufacture EVs in the U.S. from 2022, starting with a Hyundai model. The company plans to invest USD 7.4 billion in the country by 2025 to manufacture EVs, improve factories, and increase investments in smart mobility solutions.
U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to introduce sales rebates and tax incentives for domestically manufactured electric vehicles in a push to increase the adoption of electric vehicles. HMG can consider producing USA-bound EVs locally 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 confirmed the details of the US-spec Ioniq 5, which the company will import to the country. The US-spec EV comes in the following configurations:
- SE single-motor rear-wheel drive
- SE dual-motor all-wheel drive
- SEL single-motor rear-wheel drive
- SEL dual-motor all-wheel drive
- Limited single-motor rear-wheel drive
- Limited dual-motor all-wheel drive
The single-motor rear-wheel drive Ioniq 5 offers 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The dual-motor all-wheel drive Ioniq 5 offers 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five seconds. The top speed is 115 mph across the range, and 1,500 pounds is the maximum towing capacity of all the configurations.
58 kWh and 72.6 kWh are the available battery pack options in most markets, but the US-spec Ioniq 5 has a bigger, 77.4 kWh battery pack as standard, shared with Kia’s EV6. The usage of a higher-capacity battery pack for the long-range variant in the U.S. could be due to the more conservative range certifications of EPA.
300 miles is the targeted maximum range (EPA estimated) of the US-spec Ioniq 5, expected to be achieved in a single-motor RWD configuration. The SE AWD and SEL AWD configurations are expected to return 269 miles (targeted EPA estimate). The Limited AWD configuration should go up to 244 miles on a full charge (targeted EPA estimate).
Underpinned by the E-GMP, the Ioniq 5 supports 400-volt and 800-volt charging. Using a 350 kW charger, it is possible to charge from 10-80% SoC in just 18 minutes. Using a 350 kW charger for five minutes can recoup about 68 miles of range. In the standard onboard charger with up to 10.9 kW with AC, the 77.4 kWh battery pack can be fully charged in 6 hours and 43 minutes. Moreover, bidirectional charging is supported, and so, V2L functions are available. 1.9 kW is the available peak power using a standard 120-volt outlet.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 customers in the U.S. will benefit from two years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America charging stations. Electrify America’s charging outlets allow charging at up to 350 kW, the maximum rate supported by Hyundai’s latest electric crossover.
Parametric Pixel LED lights, flush door handles, 20-inch alloy wheels, “vision” panoramic sunroof without cross members, Universal Island movable center console (slidable 5.5 inches back and forth), AR HUD, 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluelink, 12-inch fully digital instrument cluster, and 15-watt wireless phone charger are some of the main features of the Ioniq 5.
Highway Driving Assist 2
The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s first car to feature Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2), a co-driver on highways. When enabled with Smart Cruise Control or Lane Following Assist, it helps to keep the car centered in the lane and maintain a safe distance from the car ahead. It keeps the car safe from close-range low-speed cut-ins by other drivers by automatically responding appropriately. Moreover, it can automatically set the speed based on GPS and highway. On giving a turn signal, it changes lanes automatically. Lastly, it can alter the steering feel as per the selected drive mode.
The U.S.-spec Ioniq 5 is available in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Complete details about the standard and optional equipment of these trims haven’t been revealed, but below are the highlights mentioned on Hyundai’s U.S. website:
|Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE||Hyundai Ioniq 5 SEL||Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited|
|19-inch Aero alloy wheels||Full-LED headlights||20-inch alloy wheels (AWD configurations)|
|12.3-inch digital instrument cluster||Hyundai Digital Key||“Vision” panoramic sunroof|
|12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system||Hands-free smart liftgate with auto open||Premium Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)|
|Bluelink Connected Car System||Highway Driving Assist (HDA-2) Level 2||Surround View Monitor (SVM)|
|Heated front seats||Ambient interior lighting||Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM)|
|Ultra-fast charging||Leatherette seating surfaces||Two-way onboard charger|
The Ioniq 5 is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this fall. Initially, Hyundai will sell it in 17 states:
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
Cyber Gray Metallic, Phantom Black Pearl, Atlas White, Digital Teal Green Pearl, Lucid Blue Pearl, and Shooting Star Gray Matte are the exterior color options. Interior color options include Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray, Obsidian Black Monotone, and Dark Teal/Dove Gray.
Motional to start testing driverless Ioniq 5 for robotaxi service
Under an agreement with Lyft, driverless tech company, Motionless has announced the start of public road testing of the next-generation robotaxi.
In March 2021, Motional announced that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 was to be the platform for the next-gen robotaxi. These aren’t going to be the consumer model, however. Motional’s Ioniq 5s will be equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving tech. Motional’s robotaxi is a deep collaboration between Hyundai’s manufacturing and design teams and Motional’s autonomy, robotics and software teams.
According to the Motional, the car will be able to see and respond faster than humans with a number of sensors, radar, LiDAR, and 360-degree cameras. It is said that the robotaxi will be able to see up 300 meters away allowing for the car to react to a dynamic traffic situation better than a human would.
According to a release dated August 10, 2021, Motional announced that they were expanding operations on the West Coast. A larger location in Santa Monica has already been secured. The company is also looking at starting public road mapping and testing of the new robotaxis in Los Angeles with a new operational facility and expanding R&D operations in the City of Angels.
According to Motional, the new robotaxis and the driverless service will be launched in 2023.
Price & Ownership models
Hyundai has not announced the price of the Ioniq 5 in the USA, but we expect it to start at a shade under USD 40,000. Customer deliveries should begin early next year and Hyundai will offer a subscription option as well. However, the company will keep the tenures of the subscription service short, just one to three months, as per a report from Automotive News. The intention behind the subscription service would be driving up customer trials, not providing a permanent alternative ownership model.
We are also looking at alternative ownership models to attract and engage first-time EV customers. Our research tells us many people are interested in trying EVs but want to do so in a convenient, low-risk way. We call them EV mobility pioneers. They are young city dwellers who are already comfortable using subscriptions to buy goods and services. We will offer a simple automobile subscription service for those Ioniq intenders that would feature a single all-inclusive monthly payment covering the vehicle, insurance, and maintenance.Jose Munoz, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor North America, at the Hyundai Ioniq 5 U.S. debut
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