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Hyundai plays catch up in EV market with car that can
It's part of a push by Hyundai to appeal to a younger audience as it plays catch-up in the EV market
Hyundai Motor Co. is pitching its new Ioniq 5 as being able to do more than the average EV.
In a series of promotional videos on YouTube, a camper is shown running on a treadmill hooked up to the car’s
battery, listening to their favorite tunes on a bank of speakers, and even rustling up a roast chicken dinner in a
portable oven. The car can supply up to 3.6 kilowatts of power, enough to run appliances like refrigerators and
It’s part of a push by Hyundai to appeal to a younger audience as it plays catch-up in the EV market. The South
Korean automaker is behind EV pioneers such as Tesla Inc. and established brands like Volkswagen AG and
BMW AG, only introducing its electric car in 2016.
“We looked at the wider meaning of space that would include outdoor and daily activities that consumers can do
with their cars,” Heung Soo Kim, a senior vice president and head of product and EV businesses, said in an
interview last month. “We are constantly looking into new features that will appeal to users.”
Hyundai says it’s the first major electric-car maker to offer bi-directional charging, which means owners can power
electronic devices from the car battery. While conventional car batteries can be used to charge laptops and
phones, they drain quickly if hooked up to anything more powerful, like a portable fridge or sound system, meaning
serious campers need to install a dual-battery system or lug around heavy, noisy generators to power their home
The Ioniq 5 also comes with the option to install a solar-panel roof that will charge the battery pack, giving the
vehicle an additional driving range of about 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) annually.