Hyundai launches new modular platform to underpin future electric vehicles

Upcoming electric hatchback, sedan, crossover and SUV models will be built on the new modular skateboard chassis.

Hyundai has launched the technology that will underpin the vast majority of its future electric vehicles.

According to the South Korean car giant, the platform – dubbed E-GMP – will enable a range of “up to” 500km and take just 18 minutes to reach 80 per cent battery capacity when using a high-speed charger.

Hyundai says the new design will underpin hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs.

According to the manufacturer, power will be sent to the rear wheels on base models however a second front-mounted motor will be fitted to all-wheel drive variants.

Flagship models will produce an estimated 450kW, enabling a claimed sub-3.5 second 0 to 100km/h time – and a top speed of 260km/h.

Some online reports have suggested an upcoming high performance variant will resemble the Prophecy concept unveiled earlier this year, however this has not been confirmed by Hyundai.

The 2021 Ioniq 5 (shown in concept form at the bottom of this story) is slated to be the first model based on the new underpinnings, and will be followed by 22 new electric vehicles by 2025.

Speaking to international journalists this morning, a spokesperson for Hyundai confirmed the brand’s subsidiaries Kia and Genesis will also incorporate the platform into their respective line-ups.

Hyundai currently sells the Ioniq and Kona all-electric vehicle in Australia, with production of these models set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, Hyundai is the only manufacturer to date to sell a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric version of the same vehicle, the Ioniq.

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