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Vehicle Electrification

Vehicle electrification departs from the paradigm of depending on fossil fuels and internal-combustion vehicles and shift to a technology that generates
electric energy that powers the vehicles, removing emissions.
Hyundai Motor Group is planning to expand its electrified vehicles (environmentally-friendly vehicles) to 38 models,
aiming to attain 2nd position in the world’s environmentally-friendly vehicle market.

Electric Vehicle, Simple but powerful

Of the four environmentally-friendly vehicles, the electric vehicle (EV) has the simplest structure.
An electric vehicle uses the electric energy charged in the battery when starting up and accelerating.
This energy powers the motor that drives the wheels.
And, when decelerating or running down a slope, the inertial kinetic energy turns the motor into a power
generator that recharges the battery. This technology is called a regenerative brake system.
  • Quiet
    Driving
  • Zero
    Emission
  • Freedom
    in Designing
  • Smart
    Grid

An EV system uses an electric motor, so that the vehicle accelerates smoothly and drives in a very quiet manner. The vehicle emits zero pollutants. Also, the battery can be mounted at the bottom of the vehicle, so that the center of gravity of the vehicle is lowered. This gives you added advantage in vehicle control. The electric motors also take less space compared to internal combustion engines. This means there can be more interior space for people. The designers may have more freedom in designing a vehicle due to this advantage.
And, there’s more. The users may charge the vehicles with the relatively cheaper night time electricity and plug in the vehicle to the smart grid during the day when not using the vehicle, so that the power can be used for other purposes. The power from the battery can be used to energize other new technologies or autonomous driving features directly. Because of this, many think that electric vehicles are the vehicles that are ideally suited for the future.

Seoul Chuncheon (Gangwon-do) Rapid recharging within three minutes Driving range up to 100km with only three minutes of recharging image

As the battery capacity of electric vehicles increase, it takes longer to charge them. This might be a source of complaint in our daily life.
Hyundai Motor Group is developing the dedicated 800V rapid recharging system, so that the inconvenience of charging a electric vehicle will be dramatically reduced by the introduction of this revolutionary technology.
With the 800V rapid recharging system, we expect that only three minutes’ recharging will allow the vehicle to drive 100km. For this, Hyundai Motor Group dedicates itself to the R&D efforts to enhance the energy density and improve the high voltage system technology.

Key Tech

  • The highest electric energy efficiency in the world
    (IONIQ electric vehicle)

    • Certified for 136MPGe energy efficiency by EPA in 2016 and named as the vehicle with the highest electric energy efficiency
    • Ranked No. 1 in the ‘20th Environmentally-Friendly Vehicles’ by ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)
  • Development of 2-way Recharger

    Development of 2-way Recharger

    • In 2017, the company developed a 2-way recharger to be mounted on an electric vehicle for the first time in South Korea.
    • It is a V2G (vehicle to grid) type recharger, where a rechargeable environmentally-friendly vehicle, such as an electric vehicle, is connected to the power grid so that the power charged in the vehicle can be used in the grid while the vehicle is not in use.
    • The grid can recharge the vehicle, and the remaining power in the vehicle can be retransmitted to the grid (discharge).

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