Hyundai Looks to BEV Seven-th Heaven

Hyundai has finally unveiled its much heralded Seven sport utility electric vehicle concept at 2021 AutoMobility LA.

It follows in the virtual tire tracks of previous concepts including the 45, a reference to the automaker’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2045, unveiled in 2019 and the Prophecy concept in 2020 and will sit in the Ioniq brand line-up, Hyundai’s dedicated BEV bonnet badge.

It is built upon the group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and features a long 10.4ft wheelbase and flat platform floor for maximum cabin space. Aerodynamic features include a streamlined roof line and wheels with integrated Active Air Flaps, which deploy or retract depending on brake-cooling or low-drag requirements. Hinting at an autonomous future, the car has pillarless coach doors offering an entrance to reveal a lounge-like interior.

Seven claims a target range for its BEV powertrain of more than 300 miles. Also, in a real-world situation with a 350-kW charger, it can be charged from 10% to 80% in about 20 minutes. José Muñoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America, said: “The Seven concept demonstrates Hyundai’s creative vision and advanced technological development for our electrified mobility future. Its innovative interior space, eco-friendly powertrain and cutting-edge safety and convenience technologies reveal an exciting future for Hyundai SUV customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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