Hyundai Motor Group finally unveiled today the dedicated electric vehicle platform or “E-GMP” for the first time after being delayed (original launch was scheduled for October 21st in form of an online presentation) at Hyundai Motor’s Ulsan plant in South Korea.
E-GMP is the first dedicated platform released by Hyundai Motor Company 10 years after starting the electric vehicle business. Hyundai Motor Company, which has been mass-producing electric vehicles using the internal combustion locomotive platform, has an advantageous system for optimizing the implementation of electrification performance and mass production starting with E-GMP.
This platform was independently developed by Hyundai Motor as a skateboard method. The biggest feature of the skateboarding method is that the vehicle body can be extended by freely expanding the body size. Therefore, it is possible to manufacture and produce from small to large models with one platform.
In addition, unlike the internal combustion engine platform, it is made flat, so electric vehicle driving parts such as battery packs and electric motor inverters can be completed in one module. In particular, the battery, which occupies the most volume and weight in an electric vehicle, can be evenly arranged at the bottom of the vehicle body, so it is possible to improve driving performance through optimization of vehicle weight balancing.
The seat can move back and forth, or it can contain large-capacity batteries or dual motors, providing an indoor/outdoor environment different from the existing car space concept.
In the case of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which will be released next year with up to 72㎾h large-capacity battery. The body length (4635 mm) and body width (1890 mm) are similar to the mid-size SUV Santa Fe, but the interior space will be comparable to the Palisade.
Hyundai Motor Company President Lee Won-hee said, “’E-GMP’ will show new values in all areas of design, performance, and high-tech technology. In 2021, a total of four models including Kia and Genesis, including Ioniq’s first dedicated electric car. It will be the first year to lead the global electrification market by launching electric vehicles.”