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Genesis Electrified G80, the brand’s first dedicated EV, will eventually make it to North America

Auto Shanghai 2021

The first battery-electric vehicle from Genesis has arrived and it’s the G80 sedan. Called the Electrified G80, you can distinguish it from its gas-powered siblings via the reworked lower front fascia, lack of exhaust outlets, and closed grille, which also houses the car’s charging port. The all-electric G80 also gets 19-inch wheels as standard. Recycled materials and natural dyes are used extensively for the Electrified G80’s interior.

According to Genesis, the Electrified G80 can travel up to 500 km or 310 miles on the NEDC cycle. Expect EPA ratings to be lower since it’s more conservative. The Electrified G80 is equipped with 400- and 800-volt charging capability, allowing it to replenish its battery from 10- to 80 percent in 22 minutes using a level 3 DC charger. Like other new EVs from Hyundai Motor Group, the Electrified G80 has vehicle to load (V2L) capability, enabling it to supply 3.6 kW of power, which is enough to power appliances.

The Electrified G80’s gets a dual-motor layout and AWD standard, allowing to hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Total system output is 365 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.  The car can switch between RWD and AWD modes depending on the driving situation. We’re suspecting the Electrified G80 has a large battery that’s at least 70 kWh. Active noise control, which uses sound waves to cancel out unwanted noise out, will be standard on the Electrified G80. An electronically-controlled suspension that uses the front camera to anticipate the road ahead helps make the ride as smooth as possible.

The Electrified G80 is the first of a range of all-electric vehicles to come from Genesis. Expect the GV80 and GV70 to follow suit along with the GV60, which will be the first vehicle in the Genesis lineup to be based on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. In the future, the three-row GV90 and the next-generation G90 flagship sedan will also get EV versions.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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