Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly gaining traction in the world auto market, and 2021 could be the field’s most robust year yet.
On Tuesday, Hyundai launched its IONIQ 5 mid-sized electric compact utility vehicle (CUV) at a virtual world premiere event. The model is one of many IONIQ EVs set to be announced within the next few years as part of Hyundai’s move to electric transportation.
IONIQ 5 is a bold step into the brave new EV era with customizable, spacious, and welcoming interiors. The EV is more eco-friendly than ever, with materials such as eco-processed leather, recycled yarn, and bio paint. pic.twitter.com/lHfNoJQcfQ
— Hyundai Worldwide (@Hyundai_Global) February 23, 2021
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer Thomas Schemera said, “IONIQ 5 will accommodate lifestyles without limits, proactively caring for customers’ needs throughout their journey.” Schemera continued, “It is truly the first electric vehicle to provide a new experience with its innovative use of interior space and advanced technologies.”
The vehicle features both a long range and a standard range model, with ranges expected to be between 292 and 298 miles per charge, though the model has not yet been evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Hyundai says the IONIQ 5 will have a number of autonomous driving features, including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance (BCA), Safe Exit Assist (SEA), Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA), Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2), and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), among others still.
The company says the IONIQ 5 is available for pre-order now in Europe, but so far it’s sold out, with first deliveries expected in the summer of this year:
“Customers in Germany, UK, Norway, The Netherlands and France will soon have the opportunity to reserve one of 3000 IONIQ 5 Project 45 Limited Edition vehicles in Europe for an exclusive head start into the future of mobility. Available as a special introductory offer, it comes fully equipped with the highest trim and the complete range of cutting-edge smart tech including an advanced solar roof,” says Hyundai UK.
Pricing for this launch edition is £45,000 in the UK, or about $63,465.52 USD based on current exchange rates.
In any case, Hyundai’s new IONIQ 5 is just one of even more IONIQ models set for release, with the IONIQ 6 sedan and the IONIQ 7 SUV both on deck.
Zachary Visconti is a news writer covering Tesla and other EV companies, as well as stories about electric battery news, autonomous driving, and all things sustainable technology. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, California. Loves his wife, his cat Banks, and a good cup of coffee.