Genesis G80 EV Revealed
The new premium division of Hyundai, Genesis, has announced a hybrid version of its sedan G80 flagship. The electrified G80 will be the first EV of the company, seen in 2021 in Shanghai before the global launch later this year. The G-80, the GV70 crossover, and the bigger G-80 SUV are on sale alongside the brand’s traditional power supply chain.
The Genesis G80 EV uses an all-wheel-drive twin-engine drive that delivers output equal to that of Genesis’ sibling brands’ new customized EVs Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.
The main features include an 800V charge system that enables charge speeds up to 350kW, an external unit loading mechanism of the ‘vehicle to load'(V2L), and an actuator disconnecting system that transitions between two and four wheels to maximum performance when required.
In combination, the twin engines do the 370hp and 700Nm G80 EV, enabling a 0-96kph 4.9sec drive time in sport mode. The battery size was not proven yet, but on the Chinese NEDC test cycle, the electrified G80 was said to be more than 500 kilometers wide.
The Genesis G80 EV sedan is visually the same as the regular G80, which was unveiled a year earlier, save for a closed grid and a customized front bumper. With a widescreen infotainment interface, which dominates the dashboard, streamlined control panel, and high leather use, the same luxury focus is retained.
The electrified G80 has also an Active Noise Control-Road (ANC-R) system that uses a range of microphones and sensors to analyze cabin road noise and produce “tone-on-the-tone” sounds to cancel it.
In combination with the satellite camera, the suspension mechanism is also adjusted according to the ground surface to have the “optimum driving experience.”
Different sustainability initiatives are planned to become hallmarks of Genesis’ EV line-up including a solar panel on the roof, and recycled interior material.
We announced back in 2019 that the first model likely to be an SUV will be Genesis entering the Indian market. The company is currently on sale in two SUVs – the GV80 and the GV70 located in Hyundai Tucson – but it is yet to be seen if they will reach the first.
Moreover, the standard Genesis G80 sedan was tested earlier this year in India, but no news is yet available about its production. Likewise, whether or not Genesis will carry the electric sedan of the G80 to India is still uncertain.