Hyundai’s new assault on Volkswagen. The South Koreans have just unveiled the technology embedded in their new e-GMP platform for electric cars, outperforming Volkswagen’s MEB. Hyundai’s have left the Germans in evidence, with an architecture that presents luxury model solutions transferred to the general market.
Being the first is not always being the best. Volkswagen knew from the first moment it introduced the MEB platform that it was not going to be the best architecture in its class. It was much more evident when it became known that the software structure was not completely finished. The problem is that the Germans compromised a date for the debut of this modular platform, which, if not met, would lead to a cascade of rumors and jokes.
The presentation of the MEB for electric cars meant erasing everything that happened with the emissions scandal at a stroke and starting a new era. However, the South Koreans have gone way overboard with the new e-GMP platform of which they had been giving some touches of their technologies. Hyundai’s boast the flexibility it offers, suitable for designing models of segments C, D and E. A single structure compared to the three that the Germans have in their organ bank:
Hyundai’s new e-GMP platform is so advanced compared to Volkswagen’s MEB that it will force the Germans to move
The “MEB Entry” for utility vehicles, the MEB for the compact segment and part of the D segment, and the PPE on which models of the D, E and F Premium segments will be developed, this last platform owned by the most luxurious brands of the Wolfsburg group than by the parent company and its more general brands. It should be noted that, although the small one is a split from the main one, it forces a separate industrialization.
But Hyundai has gone further, because not only modularity is one of the most outstanding keys, but also load. The Koreans will offer, in the 23 electric models planned on the e-GMP, an 800 Volt charging system that will maintain this high voltage, regardless of the type of fast charger used. Asian engineers have pulled an ace from their sleeve, use the car’s electric motor together with the charger to increase from 400V to 800V.
A technology that is generalized in a market category much lower than that of the Porsche Taycan, which will allow satisfy one of the most demanded questions by customers: the fastest possible recharge, to the point that the electric futures of Korean brands will reach 80% in just 18 minutes with the current generation of batteries. The energy storage device has also been designed to offer different capacities varying the number of modules, so there is no space in the interior, or in the rear seats, as with the 77 kWh battery in Volkswagen, which has a module on the battery box subtracting one space inside.
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