Genesis unveils fully-electric G80 at 2021 Shanghai Auto Show
Genesis, a nascent luxury car brand of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Corporation, has unveiled an electric version of its flagship G80 sedan at the ongoing 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. Slated for a global launch later this year, the electrified G80 sedan is Genesis’ first electric vehicle. It is interesting to note here that the electrified version of the G80 sedan will go on sale alongside the conventional gas-powered G80 in the brand’s global line-up.
While most of the world’s automakers choose the hybrid or plug-in hybrid route to eventually reach the fully-electric vehicles, Genesis jumped directly to fully-electric models, and the Electrified G80 is its first pure EV.
The Electrified G80 is an all-wheel drive (AWD) battery-powered EV, with a claimed NEDC range of 500 km (roughly 310.6 miles). However, the range will most probably decline if tested on the newer WLTP cycle.
According to tech specifications revealed by the manufacturer, the Electrified G80 sedan sports a dual motor setup capable of producing a combined 365 horsepower (hp) and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) of torque, which is enough to allow the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 miles in just 4.9 seconds. The manufacturer didn’t reveal the EV’s top speed, but it will probably be significantly lower than that of a comparable gasoline-powered model.
In terms of exterior, the Electrified G80 sedan is not very different from the equivalent ICE variant. It has fully closed grille but it continues to retain the same pattern as those of other models. According to the manufacturer, the Electrified G80 EV can charge at 350 kW, which is enough to replenish the battery pack 10% to 80% in just 22 minutes. Nothing more has been mentioned about the capacity of the vehicle’s battery pack.
There is no written mention on the electrified model to show that it is an all-electric vehicle. There is not even an ‘E’ mentioned as prefix or suffix to the G80 name. It just mentions G80 on the front and rear. Still, there are a few ways to differentiate the electrified model from the gas-powered model.
One of the few ways to differentiate between the gas-powered model and the fully-electric model is by the unique 19-inch wheels of the new EV. The slightly reshaped rear bumper without exhaust cutouts also indicates that it is a fully-electric vehicle.