Powertrain and Drivetrain Choices for Hyundai’s New BEV

Hyundai’s new all-electric mid-sized SUV seeks to reach a broad range of potential consumers by offering models with a choice of both powertrain and drivetrain options.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 allows customers to select from two battery pack options, either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh, and two electric motor layouts, either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors all with a top speed potential of 115mph. Heading up the range is an all-wheel drive option paired with the 72.6-kWh battery, producing a combined power output of 301bhp and 446ft-lbs of torque, enough for the car to claim a 0 to 62mph sprint of 5.2 seconds. When equipped with two-wheel drive, this option claims a maximum driving range on a single charge of 300 miles on the WLTP rating.

The all-wheel drive model with the 58 kWh battery pack claims 231bhp with the same torque as the higher rated car, achieving a 0-62mph sprint time in 6.1 seconds. Its two-wheel drive stablemate claims an 8.5 second sprint but no figures have yet been released for claimed maximum range for either of these models.

All models can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The car’s E-GMP platform offers 800-V charging capability as standard, along with 400-V charging, without the need for additional components or adapters. Hyundai claims its multi-charging system is a world-first patented technology that operates the motor and inverter to boost 400- V to 800- V for stable charging compatibility.

With a 350-kW charger, Ioniq 5 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes and a five-minute charge should afford users 62 miles of usable range. It also feature vehicle to load (V2L) capability, which allows customers to use or charge any electric devices, such as electric bicycles, scooters or camping equipment, serving as a charger on wheels.

The V2L function can supply up to 3.6 kW of power. The outlet port is located under the second-row seats and it can be activated when a vehicle is on. Another V2L port is located at the charging port on the vehicle exterior. Using a converter, customers can charge high-power electric equipment and the outside port provides power even when the vehicle is turned off.

Ioniq 5 is the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2). Other driving assistance systems include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), and more.

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

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