Hyundai Ioniq 5 Set To Change Buyers' Perceptions of EVs

Jack R. Nerad | May 25, 2021

Hyundai wants to transition from a maker of reliable gas-fueled vehicles to become the provider of intelligent, ecologically responsible mobility solutions. And the new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first step in that journey.

Already revealed in global specification, the Ioniq 5 heading to North America boasts some critical differences. Still, the new 5-passenger electric crossover SUV isn't simply designed to be another new product. Instead, Hyundai conceived the Ioniq 5 to change the way Americans think about electric vehicles and change how the world thinks about Hyundai. 

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 White Front Quarter Action

How can a single vehicle change perceptions about an entire class of vehicles? By using technology to answer consumer objections and to provide solutions to questions consumers didn't even know they had. The Ioniq 5 does both. First, it answers the issue of range anxiety with long driving range on a charge from its modular battery pack, super-fast DC fast-charging capability, and provisions for free charging at a large number of charging stations. 

Then it adds functionality consumers didn't know they might need, like the ability to power tools, lights, and all manner of other items requiring electricity from the vehicle's onboard power supply. And it adds conveniences like the ability to pay for charging, food, drinks, and parking by using the Ioniq 5's onboard system as the conduit of payment.

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From the start, Hyundai planned the Ioniq 5 as a product meant for sale around the world. At the same time, Hyundai product planners understood that the North American car buyer has different requirements than consumers on other continents. 

With that in mind, Ioniq 5 models for the U.S. market will have a larger and more powerful standard battery capacity than the automaker will offer elsewhere. This will enable a single-motor rear-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 to enjoy a driving range of 300 miles on a single charge. The top-of-the-line dual-motor all-wheel-drive model will have a range of 244 miles. 

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 fast charging

In situations where 244 miles just isn't enough, Ioniq 5 drivers will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's purportedly best-in-class DC fast charging capability. Using a 350 kW charger, the vehicle can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, according to Hyundai. Translated, an Ioniq 5 driver could put 68 miles worth of electric power into the vehicle in just five minutes. 

The Ioniq 5's electric-charging management system supports both 400-volt and 800-volt charging infrastructure. And the vehicle is fitted with an onboard 10.9 kW charger that will enable a full charge in less than seven hours using a Level 2 home charging station.

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In another bid to make the transition to EVs easier for consumers, Hyundai Motor America announced that it has teamed with charge-provider Electrify America to give unlimited 30-minute charging sessions to Ioniq 5 owners for two years from the date of vehicle purchase. Electrify America plans to have 800 charging stations with more than 3,500 DC fast chargers open by the end of this year.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Interior Dashboard Front Seats

As an answer to a question consumers haven't asked, Hyundai has given the Ioniq 5 the capability to act as a power source and charge station for a wide variety of electric items — electric bicycles and scooters, power tools, refrigerators and coolers, party lights, and more. If it requires electric power, the Ioniq 5 might be able to provide it via what is called vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality. It offers 1.9 kW of peak power through a household-type 110-120-volt outlet. 

Additionally, the Ioniq 5's infotainment system can facilitate in-car credit card payments that will enable vehicle occupants to find and pay for charging and order and pay for food and drinks. It will even help drivers find, reserve, and pay for parking.

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It has been typical for automakers to introduce their electric vehicles in a relative handful of states, the so-called "compliance states" led by California and New York. But Hyundai Motor America is planning a broader distribution that will include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. An even wider rollout is planned for next year.

Hyundai also revealed that it is working on "alternative ownership models" like all-inclusive vehicle subscriptions to enable consumers to try out an EV before making a longer-term commitment. Details on the Ioniq 5 subscriptions are sketchy, but Hyundai officials suggested that consumers might be able to subscribe to the crossover SUV for a period as short as one month. The subscription would include vehicle use, insurance, and maintenance.

Hyundai Motor America is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on May 25, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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