Hyundai says its New Electric Car can Power Appliances and Cook Dinner

Hyundai Motor Co. presents its new Ioniq 5 and the company revealed that its new Ioniq 5 is being capable of doing more than the average electric vehicle. As per the company, the Ioniq 5 can supply up to 3.6 kilowatts of power, enough to run appliances like refrigerators and stoves. In a series of promotional videos on YouTube, a camper is shown running on a treadmill hooked up to the car’s battery, listening to their favourite tunes on a bank of speakers, and even rustling up a roast chicken dinner in a portable oven.

Heung Soo Kim, a Senior Vice President and Head of Product and EV Businesses, said, “We looked at the wider meaning of space that would include outdoor and daily activities that consumers can do with their cars. We are constantly looking into new features that will appeal to users.”

The company said that the latest car is part of a push to appeal to a younger audience as it plays catch-up in the EV market. Hyundai Motor Company is behind EV pioneers such as Tesla Inc. and established brands like Volkswagen AG and BMW AG, only introducing its electric car in 2016.

Hyundai New Electric Car Offer

The South Korean automaker, Hyundai declared that it’s the first major electric-car maker to offer bi-directional charging, which means owners can power electronic devices from the car battery. While conventional car batteries can be used to charge laptops and phones, they drain quickly if hooked up to anything more powerful, like a portable fridge or sound system, meaning serious campers need to install a dual-battery system or lug around heavy, noisy generators to power their home comforts.

Ioniq5 Electric Car

According to the reports, Hyundai’s new electric car, Ioniq 5 comes with the option to install a solar-panel roof that will charge the battery pack, giving the vehicle an additional driving range of about 1,300 kilometres annually.

Charging speed is another highlighted feature that sets it apart from its competitors. The platform allows electric vehicles to charge up to 80% of their capacity from 10% in 18 minutes and add up to 100 kilometres of range in just 5 minutes. They will have a maximum range of 500 kilometres on a single charge. It will also charge at 800 volts and 400 volts, giving owners access to more charging infrastructure.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Sale

Over the next few months, Hyundai is expected to begin sales of the Ioniq 5, its first electric vehicle built on a dedicated platform called the Electric-Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP. Demand for the Ioniq 5 is expected to be slow initially. Hyundai received orders for just over 20,000 vehicles in South Korea on the day pre-orders opened. The automaker aims to sell 26,500 of the EV model in its home market this year, a fraction of its total sales target of 741,500 vehicles.

Lee Jae-il, Analyst at Eugene Investment & Securities Co. in Seoul commented, “This year will mark the start of a new era for Hyundai and Kia with the release of full-electric vehicles. Hyundai has come a long way between being one of the laggards in the electric vehicle market and offering a very competitive product with the Ioniq 5.”

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Charging Infrastructure

The automaker is putting efforts into constructing a charging infrastructure to encourage more people to buy electric vehicles. The conglomerate unveiled in March its intention to provide ultra-high-speed charging stations through its E-pit brand. It plans to open 20 stations in South Korea this year and will work with potential partners overseas to build the infrastructure. Emerging markets are also getting attention, with India and Southeast Asia part of the company’s long-term strategy. Hyundai is also considering partnerships with local governments to build charging infrastructure to support demand for electric vehicles.

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