New Genesis G80 EV is brand’s first electric vehicle
Estimated at 500 kilometres of range (NEDC)
All-wheel drive is standard
The new Genesis G80 all-electric sedan unveiled late last night is Genesis’ first-ever EV, and thankfully it is based on one of the most beautiful sedans ever created.
You wouldn’t know the new G80 EV is any different from the traditional sedan unveiled last year, with the exception of the charge port door located in the massive grille up front. Whether it’s inside our out, however, the new electric G80 is essentially identical to its gas-powered sibling.
The new Genesis G80 EV will debut at Auto Shanghai 2021 and because Genesis Canada and USA both sent a press release on the car saying North American specs were forthcoming. That means we can expect the car here at some point.
As of now, we don’t know much about the specifics of the car. Battery size and horsepower, for example, weren’t announced. Genesis only said that the G80 EV would have a range of 500 kilometres (310 miles) on the NEDC circuit, and that it can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 22 minutes.
The Genesis G80 EV can also reach 100 km/h (60 mph) in 4.9 seconds.
A built-in 3.6-kW power source will allow owners to plug various items into their G80 EV and use it as an electric power supply. Further augmenting the already quiet EV powertrain is Genesis’ active noise control technology which tracks outside noises and adding opposite noise frequencies to make the cabin quieter.
A frontal camera connected to an adaptive suspension adjusts settings in real-time to enhance comfort on any road.
The interior is identical to the regular G80, but the seats, armrests, and dashboard use recycled and natural materials including leather that is free of colouring.
The Genesis G80 EV is the first step to electrification from Genesis, but surely not the last. It appears Genesis will favour converting existing models to EVs, which means we can also expect a Genesis GV80 EV and maybe even a GV70 EV.