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Hyundai launches all-electric SUV in India

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South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor India Ltd on Wednesday launched its full-battery electric SUV IONIQ 5 for the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2023.

The premium electric SUV, which is already being sold in many countries, will come at a special price for the first 500 buyers at ₹44,95,000.

This will be Hyundai’s second electric car after Kona in the country, according to The Hindu businessline.

Speaking at the event, the Hyundai Motor India Chief Operating Officer, Tarun Garg, said the bookings for the electric car, which comes with an ARAI-certified range of 631 km, already commenced on December 21, 2022, and that the company received 200 bookings before the launch.

IONIQ is the first model developed on Hyundai’s new E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform). It comes with an ultra-fast charging capability of 10-80 per cent in just 18 minutes (using a 350kw DC charger) and 21 minutes (with a 150 kW DC charger).

It is powered by a 72.6 kWh battery pack. IONIQ 5 has been designed to produce a power output of 160 kW (217 ps) and 350 Nm (35.7 kgm) of torque.

The electric SUV offers 400V & 800V multi-charging to reduce waiting times at charging stations — both 800V ultra-rapid and 400V rapid chargers can be used for charging.

It comes with “cutting-edge Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology” that will enable customers to power up electrical appliances like laptops, phones, and other devices.

The V2L port is located under the second-row seats. Another V2L port is located at the charging port on the vehicle’s exterior. Using a converter, customers can power electric equipment such as bicycles, e-scooters, and camping items, among others

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