Back in August of this year, Hyundai announced that the Ioniq name will serve as a sub-brand for the company's upcoming electric vehicles. Initially, the company will be launching three models under the new EV brand – Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and Ioniq 7. By 2025, however, Hyundai plans to have 23 distinct all-electric vehicles available worldwide.
In order to accomplish this they will need a modular vehicle architecture that can underpin all of their EVs. Today, the automaker revealed the all-new modular platform called the E-GMP architecture. Designed exclusively for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the E-GMP architecture can be used on various body styles and segments. That means it can be used on subcompact models, midsize cars, as well as in crossovers.
Each E-GMP architecture will consist of a powerful motor, EV transmission, and inverter. All of these components are integrated into a single compact module that sits low on the E-GMP. This not only saves on space, but it also helps the architecture have a lower center of gravity.
With a relatively flat floor, the E-GMP can provide better cabin space, flexible seating arrangements, as well as improve passenger foot space. Without an engine up front, engineers were able to move the platform's air-conditioning elements at the very front of the car – further helping the EV platform have more interior space.
Thanks to a modular battery system and extendable wheelbase, Hyundai says the platform can accommodate a wide array of battery packs – allowing it to have various available ranges. At its highest setting, the E-GMP can provide 500 km of range on a full charge. Should the platform be set for a high-performance model, Hyundai says the architecture can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 260 km/h.
Not only can it be quick on the road, but the E-GMP is also capable of recharging quickly. Depending on the model or variant, the architecture is capable of 240V, 400V, and 800V high-speed charging. Hyundai expects that with these systems, their EVs can be recharged to 80% in as little as 18 mins. Meanwhile, a quick 5-minute charge can give their future EVs a range of 100 km.
The first model that will make use of the E-GMP will be the Ioniq 5 which is set to arrive next year. It will then be followed by an unnamed EV from Kia the following year. In the future, the Genesis brand will also be using the all-new EV platform for its high-end electric vehicles.
With Hyundai looking to have over 20 EVs by 2025, the E-GMP architecture will serve an important role in the group's EV plans.