If you live in Down Under and are interested in electric vehicles, your options are just about to expand dramatically as Genesis, the luxury brand of Hyundai, will unleash three different electric models on the market. All the three models are expected in the first half of next year.
Genesis made this known during the opening of its second showroom, located in the Emporium Melbourne shopping center in Melbourne. Another gallery will open in Brisbane next year.
We don’t have all the details on the three new electric models, but we have already seen the Electrified G80, which will be the first to be launched. It is the electric version of the latest generation internal combustion engine G80.
Unveiled in April, the Electrified G80 has two 136 kW electric motors that jointly produce 272 kW and 700 Nm of torque. The car will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. You will be able to drive 427 km on a single charge on its 87.2 kWh battery, as certified by Korean authorities.
A unique feature of the G80 is the solar panels embedded in the roof that can help replenish the battery when parked or driven about. However, the car is capable of ultra-rapid charging at 350 kW, which enables it to go from 10 to 80 percent in 22 minutes.
One more feature of the G80 is vehicle-to-grid technology that owners can use to draw power from the battery to charge or power electric appliances.
Genesis, however, will launch in Australia its first electric vehicle made from scratch shortly after that, likely naming it the GV60. It will be based on the E-GMP electric platform that also powers the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Photos of the GV60 circulating on the internet suggest it will have twin-bar LED headlights and taillights, an aggressive rear spoiler, and flush door handles. Cameras will replace the traditional side mirror, and the interior will have two 12.3 inch screens.
The third electric vehicle from Genesis for Australia will be the electric variant of the GV70, a mid-sized SUV. Genesis trademarked ‘Electrified GV70’, which will likely be the official name.