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The Ioniq 5 Is Hyundai’s First Electric Car That Can Charge Other EVs

Hyundai just revealed its subsequent electric powered car, the Ioniq 5, a compact SUV that’s roomier than it looks.

The new five-seater was unveiled Monday and it comes with up to 300 miles of battery range. Last year, Hyundai teased the brand new EV as the production model of its EV 45 concept car. This is the first of the Ioniq spinoff brand, and you will notice there’s no Hyundai brand on the steering wheel. Hyundai plans to only sell electric powered models through 2040.

The first EV from what Hyundai is calling its “sub-brand” will have quick charging and bidirectional power, and will offer single or dual motor options.

With quick charging the 77.4 kWh battery that lies flat in the base of the vehicle can get to eighty percent full in 18 minutes. All Ioniq owners get free charging for two years thru the Electrify America network. There are plans for 800 stations with ultra-fast charging across the country by way of the end of this year. 600 are already available.

The car can become something of cellular strength strip with plugs throughout the vehicle to charge appliances such as power tools, e-scooters or different items for a tailgate or camping trip. You can even provide some juice to a stranded EV with a dead battery with a provided vehicle-to-load cable. That outlet is close to the outside charging port, and the different is inside the vehicle below the lower back row seats.

All versions of the car — regardless of whether you go with single or dual motor or different trim applications — have a top speed of 115 mph. A performance dual-motor model will go from zero to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds.

Inside the car, there are two 12-inch screens upfront and a sliding center console that Hyundai calls a “universal island.” It’s a compartment that can fit a giant purse or serve as a surface to put a laptop and it slides back 5.5 inches. The front seats also recline with foot rests that pop up for enjoyable while waiting for the car to recharge.

The back seats also barely recline and can fold down to make for a larger trunk space.

Outside colour options are: pearl black, metallic gray, solid white, inexperienced pearl, pearl blue, and gray matte.

The South Korea-manufactured car won’t arrive until the fall, and the company is not revealing pricing until closer to production. An exec at a press briefing would only say that it’d be competitively priced. This car feels comparable to the all-electric Kia Niro — which starts around $25,000. We’ll discover out later this year.

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