At Auto Guangzhou, Genesis revealed their new all-electric version of the GV70 SUV, which is set to join the GV60 and electrified GV80 sedan in the luxury Korean automaker’s EV lineup. Apart from a solid front grille that houses the charging port and lack of exhaust pipes, the all-electric GV70 looks identical to the ICE-powered compact luxury crossover GV70.
Back in May of 2021, Hyundai Motor Group announced that they were going to invest US$7.4 billion (AU$10.4 billion) to produce EVs in the U.S. by 2025, and that they would commence EV production in 2022. We can see this commitment to environmentalism reflected in the design aspects of this car specifically; in the words of Markus Henne, CEO of Genesis Motor China:
This vehicle is furnished with a wide variety of materials including wool woven seats and recycled nylon flooring, that are used in an eco-friendly way, all in a high-quality finish.
The Glacier White interior of the show car that we saw was carried over from the petrol GV70, with a very refined Atacama Copper. Every electrified GV70 will come with a dual motor configuration making an impressive 483 horsepower with a claimed 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds.
Genesis expects the electric GV70 will charge from 10 to 80% in under 10 minutes, with 350kW fast charging. The standard 77.4 kWh battery pack will likely be able to offer a range of more than 400 km (249 miles) as per the Korean EV certification system, and over 500 km in the Chinese CLTC system.
The company is making good use out of a 400-volt/800-volt multi-quick charging system that supports various charging infrastructures. This system will use the electric powertrain and inverter to boost the voltage supplied from the charger from 400 volts to 800 volts.
We can likely expect the electric GV70 to go on sale in Australia in mid-2022. Based a report from caradvice.com.au, the company has confirmed that it plans to launch three EVs locally in the first half of 2022. Head to the Genesis website for more information, and then watch our walk around the of the petrol GV70 below.