With The Ioniq 5 EV, Why is Hyundai Doing Something Interesting?
From what we can tell and what we have personally encountered, it isn’t in Hyundai’s interest to do anything of worth at all. We look at it this way. We judge a company on the individuals we meet, it is an insight into the company itself. As an example, Hyundai UK PR is so devoid of professionalism they give the impression of career prospectors mining their way into steady forever jobs. The UK PR team stumbles around, frothing at the mouth at anyone who they deem is lesser than their own worth. They appear to be in a permanent daze, eyes glazed over and for them, the only way to end the day’s monotony is the prospect of looking forward to clocking off so they can glaze their eyes in the evening. This is how they choose to represent their company, ignorance supplemented by a good dose of arrogance, it is from the playbook for career sociopaths.
Meanwhile back at Hyundai HQ, apparently oblivious to the listing UK PR ship, Hyundai boffins are doing the hard work so the UK people can screw up yet again. It’s a never-ending circle. And look what they have produced, the Ioniq 5, a pure electric mid-size crossover that looks like a hatchback. And it looks very appealing, even for Hyundai this is somewhat adventurous, daring even. The Ioniq 5 will be available in single or dual-motor variants and will offer a theoretical range 293 miles. Theoretical because the range could be less and certainly not more.
Two battery packs will be offered, 58kWh and 76kWh with power ranging from 167bhp for entry-level models and up to a maximum of 302bhp and 605NM (446lb-ft) of torque for top-spec performance versions. It will do all the fast charging stuff, 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. But what Hyundai isn’t telling you is that they do not have a charging infrastructure of sufficient size or capability to offer such rates. And for that reason alone you should always buy a Tesla because they have nailed their supercharging network.
Hyundai also wants you to know how sustainable they are, the interior uses hippy-friendly materials. But they fail to mention the Lithium-ion raw materials are mined by children. Slaves who are captured into poverty so we here in the West can keep our phones charged while driving. But hey let’s just borrow a much-observed practice used by Hyundai UK PR and bury our heads in the sand. But at least those lithium-ion batteries will power the latest-generation infotainment system and keep your arse warm in the winter.
We don’t know how much the Ioniq 5 will cost, and can not be bothered to do the math. We do know it will launch in Europe sometime in June 2022, but if you live in the USA it will arrive by the time the third pandemic wave begins in December 2021.