The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been formally introduced, and this totally electrical, mid-size CUV (crossover SUV) comes with a raft of tech as customary – and much more as choices, together with photo voltaic panels on its roof.
Initially seen on the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Present because the 45 EV idea, the automotive had seen a couple of design tweaks to get it to its present kind – the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Its distinctive angular form is a throwback to the agency’s first mass-produced automotive, the 1974 Pony, and boasts big 20-inch wheels, a clam-shell hood and crowd pleasing pixel lights on the entrance, plus dot matrix lights on the rear.
The V-shaped panel beneath the entrance lights additionally illuminates, though you would not comprehend it when the lights are off. The chrome panel is roofed in micro perforations, which permit gentle by way of when on, however seems like strong steel when off.
Nonetheless, essentially the most intriguing exterior characteristic on the brand new Hyundai Ioniq 5 electrical automotive is discovered on its roof.
Harnessing the ability of the solar
That characteristic is a photo voltaic panel roof choice. Sadly, it isn’t obtainable as customary, and proper now we do not know the way a lot this optionally available additional will set you again, however the photo voltaic panels cowl many of the high of the automotive.
You will not have the ability to depend on the solar to totally recharge the 58 kWh customary vary or 72.6 kWh long-range battery contained in the Ioniq 5, with it appearing as a complimentary charging supply which might help lengthen vary.
Hyundai says that the photo voltaic panels can add as much as 2,000km per yr (round 5-6km per day) of further vary if it is pushed in sunny environments comparable to Spain or the south of France.
One other enjoyable trick the Ioniq 5 has up its sleeve is the flexibility to cost different electrical autos. If its battery stage is above 15%, you possibly can plug the brand new Hyundai into one other electrical automotive to cost it.
As soon as the Ioniq 5’s battery depletes to fifteen%, it’ll robotically cease charging the opposite automobile, so it will probably protect a bit of little bit of vary for itself.
The charging pace is simply 3.6kW, so it may high up one other automotive very slowly. However it could properly are available helpful in locations the place vacation spot chargers aren’t as straightforward to come back by – assuming the Ioniq 5 has sufficient cost left to get itself to a plug.
It isn’t simply different electrical vehicles it will probably cost both – with e-bikes, e-bicycles and private electronics comparable to laptops additionally in a position to reap the benefits of the reverse charging tech.
Plug in, chill, loosen up
As we have already talked about, the Ioniq 5 might be obtainable with two battery sizes and two drivetrains: AWD (All Wheel Drive) and RWD (Rear Wheel Drive).
There’s the usual 58 kWh battery providing as much as 200km / 125 miles of vary, and the 72.6 kWh long-range battery, which might present as much as 500km / 310 miles on a single cost.
The 800v battery helps superfast charging too, with the Ioniq 5 in a position to reclaim 100km of vary in simply 5 minutes when plugged right into a 350kW charger, whereas 10% to 80% occurs in simply 18 minutes.
Sadly, 350kW chargers aren’t all that widespread in the intervening time, however a 50kW charger will have the ability to take you from 10% to 80% in an hour – and the Ioniq 5 desires to verify it is a welcoming place to be when you cost.
|Drivetrain||Battery||Vary||0-100 km/h||Prime Pace|
|AWD||72.6 kWh||TBC||5.2 sec||185 km/h|
|AWD||58 kWh||TBC||6.1 sec||185 km/h|
|RWD||72.6 kWh||as much as 500km||7.4 sec||185 km/h|
|RWD||58 kWh||as much as 200km||8.5||185 km/h|
Within the cabin, these within the entrance actually can chill and loosen up with reclining ‘Zero Gravity’ seats providing ample legroom and extra leg assist – designed to make you extra snug when you wait.
There’s loads of tech inside too, with two 12.25-inch screens sitting on the sprint. One is positioned behind the wheel and acts as a digital instrument cluster for the driving force, whereas the opposite sits atop the middle console and supplies entry to infotainment, navigation and extra.
You may as well get a HUD (heads-up show) within the Ioniq 5, which initiatives essential data comparable to your pace, the present pace restrict and navigation instructions onto the windshield and into your eye line. This supplies a safer manner of checking this data, as you do not have to maneuver your eyes off the highway.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 might be obtainable from Spring 2021 (between March and Might), with the automotive touchdown within the UK in mid-2021, though pricing for this mid-size CUV is but to be revealed exterior of the particular version ‘Undertaking 45’ Ioniq 5 which prices £45,000 (round $63,000, AU$80,000).
This may prone to be the costliest mannequin within the vary, with the entry-level 5 prone to are available comfortably cheaper.