Hyundai’s first dedicated electric car will have the option of a larger battery next year – according to overseas reports – but so far it is not planned for Australia.
That 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV will win one larger 77.4kWh battery in overseas markets next year, according to media reports, but there are “no current plans” to bring it to Australia.
South Korean newspaper AND news reports that the Ioniq 5 will be upgraded in early 2022 with the 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery from its Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6 twins under the skin.
It is said to replace the existing 72.6 kWh package currently available in Australian, South Korean and other global Hyundai showrooms.
The battery expansion – activated through an increase from 30 to 32 cells, each offering 2.4 kWh – would result in an increase in range (according to Korean test protocols) from 423 km to 480-490 km, AND news say.
However, the larger battery pack is not on its way to Australian showrooms – at least not yet, with a spokesman for Hyundai Australia confirming that Drive there are “no current plans” to adopt the 77.4 kWh package Down Under.
The larger package is already available in the US market Ioniq 5, where it delivers up to an estimated 483 km (300 miles) driving distance according to US EPA protocols – although it is not clear how it translates to WLTP, NEDC, South Korean and others international test procedures.
Although not specified in AND news report, it is likely that the larger battery will lead to an increase in output power, where the long range of 77.4 kWh Kia EV6 develops 168 kW and 239 kW in rear and four-wheel drive, compared to 165 kW and 225 kW output in the related 72.6 kWh Ioniq 5.
The publication says the battery upgrade will coincide with an over-the-air software update that unlocks ‘vehicle-to-grid’ (V2G) functionality for the entire Ioniq 5 series in South Korea, allowing energy to be transferred from the car battery back into the mains.
Vehicle-to-grid capacity is available in the Nissan Leaf electric hatch and Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid mid-size SUV in Australia – using the Japanese ‘CHAdeMO’ connector shared by both vehicles – but the system is not yet certified to the public use locally.
Australian-supplied Ioniq 5 models currently offer vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability, allowing their batteries to be used to power household appliances and other small electrical items, with the charging plug capable of delivering energy up to 3.6 kW.
Opened for orders from the end of September, only 240 samples of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will arrive in Australia in the first batch, with the first allotment being sold out within a few hours and crashing the order website.
An additional group of 160 cars is due to arrive early next year, although orders for these vehicles have not yet opened.
Prices start from $ 71,900 before on-road cost in Australia for a 72.6 kWh rear-wheel drive model at entry level, rising to $ 75,900 before on-road cost with the four-wheel drive box marked. More affordable models with 58kWh batteries are coming next year.