A quick look at Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV’s powerful 800 V battery pack

A quick look at Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV’s powerful 800 V battery pack

Korean automobile giant Hyundai Motor Company’s brand new all-electric Ioniq 5 will come equipped with a massive 800 V battery pack, which will be more powerful than that of the Hyundai Kona Electric but will weigh the same at about 450 kg.

A recently published video from South Korea’s BASTRO Power Station presents the opening of a Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car’s battery pack. It shows a 72.6-kWh version, which weighs 450 kg, about the same as the Kona Electric’s 64-kWh battery pack. It will be a common 800 V battery system for all of Hyundai’s EVs based on Electric - Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) — the first electric-only dedicated platform by Hyundai. It may also be noted here that a smaller 58-kWh and bigger 77.4-kWh versions will also be made available, but the battery shown in the video was a 72.6-kWh version.

A single module of the 72.6-kWh battery pack will reportedly be roughly 2.42-kWh, and each module will contain a dozen lithium-ion pouch cells, each of roughly 200 Wh.

The modules are produced by Hyundai Mobis, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group. The subsidiary used battery cells from different suppliers, including SK Innovation, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) and LG Chem’s LG Energy Solution.

According to the South Korean manufacturer’s claims, the new battery packs are much more efficient in delivering range as well as in terms of charging. The innovative battery technology takes just 18 minutes at ultra-fast chargers (800 V) to charge up to 80 per cent of its full capacity. Charging for just five minutes adds 86 kilometers of range, while half an hour charging adds 375 kilometers of range.

First unveiled as a concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an all-electric compact crossover SUV. Inspired by the original Hyundai Pony, the production version of the EV features the Parametric Pixel design which has been applied to the headlights, tail lights as well as wheels.

While the EV will be available with 58-kWh, 72.6-kWh or 77.4-kWh battery capacity options, the North American version will get only 77.4-kWh battery. However, every Ioniq 5 will offer a top speed of 185 km/h or 115 mph. the aforementioned 72.6-kWh version will come in both RWD and AWD layouts, with the RWD version having 160 kW (215 hp), 350 Nm of torque (258 lb⋅ft), and 480 km (298 miles) of WLTP range.