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For the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in 2022, the future looks brighter and closer

The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 for 2022 reinvents the electric vehicle for the future generation of EV users, according to Hyundai. That’s a huge claim, but Hyundai also claims to be transitioning from a typical carmaker to a “Smart Mobility Provider,” with a goal of selling 1 million “electrified” vehicles per year worldwide by 2025. Of fact, the term “electrified” includes both pure electric and hybrid vehicles, so the claim isn’t as bold as it appears.

Apart from the creative words, the Ioniq 5 is built on Hyundai’s all-new electric global modular platform (EGMP) chassis, which is the company’s first dedicated EV platform and is expected to underpin a broad range of future electric models in the years ahead. A midsize car (Ioniq 6) as well as a bigger SUV will be available (Ioniq 7). The platform has an 800-volt charging network that can be able to charge the Ioniq 5’s 77.4kilowatt-hour battery from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, far faster than the Mustang Mach-E as well as Tesla Model Y’s 400-volt systems. This presupposes the Ioniq 5 driver can locate a fast charger capable of using the 800-volt system to its full potential.

Consumers wanting to buy an electric vehicle should be concerned about range and charging times, according to Hyundai. To address both challenges, the manufacturer has teamed up with Electrify America to give access to a developing level 2 and level 3 (rapid charger) network across the country. Hyundai also aims to launch Hyundai Home, which is a home charging solution that combines energy storage, solar panels, and level 2 (240-volt) EV charging to charge the Ioniq 5’s battery from ten percent to a hundred percent in around 7 hours. The rear motor of the Ioniq 5 also functions as an inverter, enabling it to charge at the lower-voltage (and slower) stations.

The Ioniq 5’s 800-volt system could be its most notable technological feature, but it comes with a long list of other outstanding features. It comes with a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as two battery sizes: 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh. Only the base Ioniq 5 SE (standard range) having a 168 horsepower as well as a range of about 220 miles is available with the smaller battery. Before a prospective $7,500 federal tax credit and any state incentives you might be qualified for (California gives a $2,500 rebate for EVs), the starting price is $40,925. A 12.3-inch touchscreen, 19-inch alloys, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, radar cruise control featuring lane centering, Bluelink remote smartphone access, and limitless 30-minute charging sessions on Electrify America’s network for two years are all included in that price.

That seems like a good deal, but EV buyers looking for greater range and performance may pay $44,875 for Ioniq 5 SE with 77.4 kWh battery, which increases range to 303 miles and horsepower to 225. That model still is rear-wheel drive, having a dual-motor Ioniq 5 SE with 320 horsepower, 256 miles of range as well as 446 pound-feet of torque, and a stated zero-to-60 speed of 5.1 seconds available for $48,375. This is the most robust Hyundai ever delivered in the United States. A rear- or all-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 SEL is available for $47,125 (RWD) or $50,625. A hands-free power liftgate Ambient interior lighting, advanced radar cruise control, Synthetic leather seats, a heated steering wheel,  and a wireless phone charging are all included in the SEL model.

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