Producers can technically “electrify” automobiles by swapping out the interior combustion engine for electrical components. However, that technique doesn’t enable them to take full benefit of what EVs have to supply. To keep away from that lure, Hyundai constructed its new Electrical International Modular Platform—or E-GMP—from scratch and it plans to start out rolling out automobiles based mostly on it subsequent yr.
The E-GMP platform made its debut throughout a press convention earlier this week wherein the corporate laid out the bold plans it has to maneuver towards electrifying its fleet. It’s a modular system that makes use of standardized components in numerous configurations to fulfill the wants of particular use instances, from bigger household automobiles to sports activities vehicles that may do 0-60 mph in lower than 4 seconds.
A small electrical motor performs a key function within the system. Regardless of its lack of dimension, the motor spins as much as 70 % sooner than a few of its bigger rivals, which permits it to attain the identical sort of energy and effectivity whereas taking over much less area.
The platform is all-wheel-drive by default, however can shift into rear-wheel-drive and rely solely on the extra highly effective rear motor. An actuator wheel on the motor can mechanically connect with or disconnect from the drive shaft to make the swap and improve general driving effectivity.
The batteries offering the ability are pouch-type cells organized in strengthened metal enclosures. Hyundai claims they will cost at a typical 400V, or a high-speed 800V fee, which would supply a full cost in simply 18 minutes (providing 62 miles of vary) after 5 minutes on the wire. The system is bidirectional, too, so it could possibly pump out sufficient power from its battery packs to energy a small campsite or work as a easy generator throughout an influence outage. It may even output electrical energy to energy one other EV if the need arose.
As with different EV platforms, the battery array sits low to the bottom to supply higher dealing with. However, Hyundai has additionally surrounded that probably unstable brick of batteries for defense throughout a crash.
All the entrance of the automotive in entrance of the cabin is a crumple zone designed to soak up the influence in a crash earlier than the power could make its option to the cells. With no huge combustion engine sitting in entrance of the motive force, Hyundai has been in a position to construct in buildings that redistribute drive to trigger much less injury in a wreck. There’s a crossbar that spans the entrance of the car and connects the perimeters of the engine bay to stop deformation in off-center impacts, that are a number of the most typical and harmful.
The smaller engine and drivetrain additionally make extra room contained in the cabin. The automobiles can have longer wheelbases with shorter overhangs, which suggests the steering wheel and pedals can come ahead, and there’s no hump down the middle of the cabin to accommodate the drivetrain. That’s a part of what makes these boxy, spacious electrical car ideas we see so usually attainable.
Hyundai plans to start out rolling out automobiles on the E-GMP platform beginning subsequent yr, with dozens within the works. As a result of the platform is made up of standardized modules, the corporate says it could possibly transfer rapidly and adapt to market calls for with differing kinds and fashions. Perhaps we’ll lastly get that spacious rolling front room so many idea automobiles have promised us for years now.