The prospect of taking your fleet electric may just have taken another step forward with the introduction of the all-new Hyundai IONIQ 5, a fully electric hatchback that can travel up to 292 miles on a single charge.
The IONIQ 5 is an important car for Hyundai - and perhaps to your SME fleet in the future - as it is the first car to be launched under the company’s new IONIQ sub-brand.
The car sits on a skate-like platform that Hyundai calls its Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) . It has been created specifically for electric cars with a high degree of flexibility - so there will be a saloon based on the platform - the IONIQ 6 - along with an SUV called the IONIQ 7. It also provides the IONIQ 5 with a lovely flat floor for a more spacious interior.
There is the choice of two battery pack sizes, either 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh; the latter, when chosen with the two-wheel drive layout, has the ability to go nearly 300 miles on a single charge. There is also the choice of a four-wheel drive layout, which in the top battery version, offering some 300hp and 605 Nm of torque, which blasts the IONIQ 5 to 62mph in 5.2 seconds.
Interestingly the new car comes equipped to deal with Vehicle-to-Grid charging (V2G) , although rather confusingly Hyundai has called this facility Vehicle-to-Load (V2L). Nevertheless, it does the same thing, which is to allow the car’s stored energy to be used by the grid at times of peak demand and then replaced during off-peak hours. Of more immediate use is the ability to charge laptops and smaller electrical items, or using a converter, customers can charge high-power electric equipment.
Perhaps of more pressing importance for fleet drivers is the ultra fast charging facility. The car has an inverter that allows the 400 volt system to double to 800 volt s so it can accept ultra rapid charging - the sort of facility normally reserved for high-end cars such as the Porsche Taycan.
With a 350-kW charger, IONIQ 5 can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. Hyundai also adds just five minutes is required to get 62 miles of range in the IONIQ 5 if you only required a quick ‘splash and dash’ top up.
If you are interested in leasing the Hyundai IONIQ 5 , we will have business contract hire deals available by mid 2021. With company car tax at just 2%, the new Hyundai is likely to prove very popular with business drivers.
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