Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai reveals new IONIQ 5 EV model for 2021

2021 continues to be a year that doesn’t disappoint, when it comes to EVs. Now, Hyundai is expected to deliver a new purpose-built electric car, the Ioniq 5.

Tesla isn’t the only big name putting out EVs in 2021. It faces stiff competition from the likes of Hyundai, the South Korean car manufacturer. The Ioniq 5 is set to be the company’s first EV from its electric-only sub-brand, with plans for a saloon model and an SUV EV expected in the coming years, followed by future iterations on the Ioniq theme.

Measuring at 4.6 metres long, the Ioniq 5 is inspired by a show car once produced by Hyundai as long ago as the 1970s. Designers optimised the model for space, placing the battery pack in the underside of the car, while the battery itself can come in two designs, both offering 800 volts of power.

Rapid charging for 2021

The Ioniq 5’s battery is designed to charge at a rapid pace, thanks to the model’s use of lithium-ion battery technology provided by SK Innovation. The decision to run with SK Innovation is important, as Hyundai is in the midst of a mass recall of Kona EVs, reportedly due to battery fires linked to batteries made by LG Chem.

Using these new batteries, the Ioniq 5 is claimed to be capable of charging up from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in as little as 18 minutes. Just five minutes worth of charge time is enough to add 65 miles to a potential journey, while acceleration comes in at an impressive 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds. In addition, Hyundai claims a single charge could juice up an Ioniq 5 for a journey of up to 310 miles.

The two battery designs mean users can opt for either the 58kWh or the 72.6kWh options, with further mileage achievable on the larger battery version. Marketed under the ‘Project 45’ branding, UK EV consumers can expect to fork out £45,000 when the Ioniq 5 goes on sale from mid-2021 onwards.

More competition on the roads

News of yet another brand new EV model is encouraging, as it diversifies the pool of available alternative EVs consumers can choose from in 2021. Far from being a monopolistic industry dominated by a select few brands with large price tags, the EV market is clearly thriving and pushing the boundaries for what’s possible.

Hyundai’s push into the EV space is also an intriguing glimpse at the major players in the market. The US has the likes of Tesla going from strength to strength, while we previously reported that China is looking to shake things up by marketing the state-backed company Nio to European consumers.

Hyundai joins this enticing field at just the right time, giving South Korea a crack at making our roads cleaner, with a new generation of electric cars in the coming years.

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