Hyundai E-GMP Revealed, Architecture To Underpin Group’s Future Electric Cars
By 2025, Hyundai Motor Group wants to introduce 23 EVs and sell 1 million electric cars worldwide.
Hyundai Motor Group has revealed E-GMP, its first dedicated EV platform for the next-generation EV lineup.
Revealed today, the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) will underpin a range of EVs, including the IONIQ brand vehicles, Kia Motors’ new EV (to be revealed in 2021) and a series of other models.
The group has big plans when it comes to EVs for it wants to introduce 23 models and sell 1 million such units worldwide by 2025.
E-GMP offers increased development flexibility, strengthened safety features and more interior space for occupants and luggage, states Hyundai.
Crucially, models based on the Hyundai E-GMP EV platform will be primarily rear-wheel driven, while all-wheel-drive variants can also be produced by adding a motor to the front axle.
According to Hyundai, E-GMP reduces complexity through modularisation and standardisation, allowing rapid and flexible development of products used across most vehicle segments.
Vehicles covering various performance levels can be made using it and among them, the high performance model will be able to do the 0-100 km/hr run in 3.5 seconds and top out at 260 km/hr.
Also, it incorporates a 5-link rear suspension system, and the world’s first (claimed) mass-produced Integrated Drive Axle (IDA).
All vehicles developed with the E-GMP platform use a single type of battery module that is composed of pouch-type standard cells which can be packed in different quantities as required.
Three components of the power electric system – motor, transmission and inverter – are integrated into a single compact module and Hyundai claims an EV based on E-GMP can be driven about 5 percent longer on the same battery energy.
One of the main gripes that people have with EVs, other than range, is the time it takes to charge the vehicle. The Hyundai E-GMP EV platform offers 800 V charging capability as standard and enables 400 V charging without the need for additional components or adapters.
The EV’s battery can be charged up to 80 percent in 18 minutes using fast charging or 100 km range can be added with 5 minutes of charging. Overall, an EV based on E-GMP can cover 500 km in a single charge.
Moreover, the E-GMP’s charging system is more flexible allowing the vehicle to operate other electronic machinery or another EV without any additional components by supplying up to 3.5 kW of power.