Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has confirmed it will bring three new electric vehicles to Australia in the first half of 2022, including options for vehicle to load (charging the house or tools), and a solar roof.
The luxury brand is readying to open its second studio showroom in Melbourne, and its 2022 line-up will include the zero-emissions Electrified G80 and two unnamed vehicles, a spokesperson for Genesis has confirmed with the Driven.
The Genesis Electrified G80 is an all-electric version of the G80 premium sedan, which in Australia start at around $93,000 so expect pricing to come in above $100,000.
Revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, the Electrified G80 will have an 87.2kWh battery, and an estimated 500km driving range on the NEDC standard, which might equate to about 350km in real-world conditions.
Genesis says the Electrified G80 will be available in two electrical architectures of either 400 volts or 800 volts. Those choosing the top-end 800 volt will be able to access a variety of charging infrastructure and will be able to charge at a top rate of 350kW enabling charging from 10% to 80% in just 22 minutes.
Notably, it will be the third vehicle in Australia when it comes to market to offer vehicle-to-load (V2L), a feature that allows the owner to operate electrical devices from the car’s battery. A solar roof to assist energy efficiency is also on board.
It will join the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, both of which hail from the same South Korean DNA but with more affordable price tags and broader target audiences.
The dual motors on the Electrified G80’s rear and front axle combine to deliver 272kW power and 700Nm torque, making the 0-100km/hr dash possible in just 4.9 seconds.
Genesis Australia remains tight-lipped on what the other two vehicles will be. While the luxury brand has only unveiled one electric vehicle to date, there are several more contenders for an Australian launch.
While Genesis has filed multiple trademarks according to Motor1 that implies at least six electric vehicles are planned by the company, we think the likeliest suspects will be an electric crossover and an electric SUV.
The first has been spotted testing in the wild by auto watchers and is referred to internally as the JV, but is tipped to be launched as the GV60. It sports a dedicated electric drivetrain that will be built on the same platform as the Ioniq 5 and EV6, known as the e-GMP, and as such is also likely to support V2L.
Early images suggest it draws strongly from the Ioniq 5 and EV6 with flush door handles.
Another is the GV70e, an electric crossover based on the combustion engine GV70 that is expected to debut by the end of 2022.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.
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