Hyundai Group owned Genesis has introduced its first electric vehicle, the electric model of the G80 (‘Electrified G80’) to the global market at the 2021 Shanghai Show.
The occasion marked Genesis’ first appearance at Auto Shanghai.
In addition to debuting the Electrified G80, Genesis presented the Genesis X Concept, an EV-based Gran Turismo (GT) concept car, to the Asian market for the first time, marking the ‘beginning of a new journey towards electrification’.
Genesis aired the official Auto Shanghai event through its global online channel beginning at 11:40 AM (KST). (Genesis Worldwide YouTube)
At the event, the brand’s global and Chinese market strategies were introduced, and the Electrified G80 and the Genesis X Concept were unveiled.
“Today is very special because it represents a variety of firsts for the Genesis brand. Not only because this is Genesis’ very first appearance at the Auto Shanghai, but it is also the first time we are unveiling a new product outside of Korea,” said Jay Chang, Global Head of the Genesis brand. “The Electrified G80, the perfect balance of athleticism and elegance, marks the beginning of our journey into the EV market, representing Genesis in the era of electrification.”
The Electrified G80 has estimated maximum range per charge of more than 500km (bBased on the Korean EV certification system, the estimated number is 427 km ) while 350kW rapid charging enables the battery to charge from 10% to 80% in just 22 minutes.
The Electrified G80 is available only as an AWD (All-Wheel Drive). It delivers 272kW and 700Nm torque, by applying motors with 136kW and 350Nm at maximum to the front and rear wheels. This, it is claimed, allows for dynamic driving, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph just in 4.9 seconds (sports mode, result from Genesis R&D Center)
The Disconnector Actuator System (DAS) can also automatically connect or disconnect the motor and drive shaft based on various driving conditions, including vehicle speed and driving mode, enabling seamless switching between 2WD and AWD to reduce unnecessary power loss and increase efficiency.
The Electrified G80 features a 400V/800V multi rapid charging system, allowing customers to use various charging infrastructures. Its driving motor and inverter can boost the level of voltage from 400V to 800V a more optimized level for the system for more stable charging. Customers can not only use the 800V rapid charging system without an additional converter, but a 400V charger as well.
The Electrified G80 also provides V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that enables customers to use electric power of 3.6kW, which is higher than the level used by an average household, making it possible to use electric appliances conveniently outside of the vehicle.
In order to ensure a comfortable driving experience, Genesis equipped the vehicle with ANC-R (Active Noise Control-Road; formerly known as RANC). It reduces the level of noise significantly by measuring and analyzing road noises with four sensors and six microphones inside the vehicle, and by simultaneously creating sounds at opposite phase. The Preview Electronic Control Suspension (Pre-view ECS), suspension which can be controlled by information supplied through the front camera and navigation system, also helps to create the optimum driving experience.
The Electrified G80 also features various latest technologies that emphasize sustainability. The solar roof integrated in the roofline can generate electricity using sunlight with a solar panel that increases energy efficiency.
The vehicle also features various natural and recycled materials in its interior, including leather that utilizes natural dye in the seats, console and rear seat armrests. In addition, an eco-friendly ‘forged wood’ garnish for electric vehicles, which is made from recycled pieces of wood from the furniture manufacturing process, as well as environmentally friendly fabric made from recycled PET have also been applied.