Hyundai to launch 6 EVs in India by 2028, Ioniq 5 launch confirmed
Hyundai has announced it will launch six electric vehicles in India. The wide-ranging electrification plan will see Hyundai launch EVs across the mass market as well as more premium models across body styles, including SUVs. The company has also confirmed it will bring its E-GMP electric architecture to India, hinting at the introduction of its flagship Ioniq 5 electric car.
Hyundai EV line-up for India
While details on the exact nature of the upcoming Hyundai EVs are scarce, it can be expected that Hyundai will cover most of the popular market segments with its electric models. The rumoured EV small car should be the most hotly anticipated model, going up against a similar sub-10 lakh model from Maruti Suzuki. Further, we also expect to see EV SUV models in the sub-four-metre segment to go up against the likes of the Tata Nexon EV. The more premium offerings should be larger mid-sized SUVs or even an electric sedan model. Hyundai is set to follow the current trend in India of developing these EVs on reworked ICE platforms of its existing cars. The company has earmarked Rs 4,000 crore for the development of these SUVs in India which should be heavy localization of components like electric motors and battery packs.
Hyundai EV infrastructure plans
Hyundai has also stated that it will develop charging infrastructure to support its new EV lineup. The company will tie-up with partners to offer home charging solutions while also developing public charging stations. Hyundai dealerships will be equipped with chargers too while 24/7 roadside assistance will also be available to Hyundai EV owners.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 India launch, range
Aside from the 6 locally developed EVs, Hyundai will also launch the Ioniq 5 in India. We expect this electric crossover to spearhead Hyundai's EV push with an early to mid-2022 launch. Unlike the other EVs planned, the Ioniq 5 should come to India as a full import initially before local production is considered at a later stage. The Ioniq 5 will be offered in India with its larger 77.4 kWh battery pack in both 2WD and AWD variants. The 2WD Ioniq 5 has a WLTP range of 481 km with this larger battery pack while the dual motor configuration offers a combined 305PS and 605 Nm to allow for a 0 to 100 kmph time of 5.2s and a 260 kmph top-speed.
The 800V electrical architecture will allow the Ioniq 5 to charge from 10-80 per cent in 18 minutes through a 350 kW charger. A 50 kW charger will charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 56 minutes. The Hyundai EV also offers a suite of Level 2 ADAS functions, regen modes, connected car tech as well a long list of convenience features. The Ioniq 5 should become the flagship model for Hyundai in India with its 4,635mm length and significant 3,000mm wheelbase, longer than the Tucson.
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