E-GMP: A look at the Hyundai electric vehicle platform that (perhaps) caught Apple’s attention

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According to the latest news, the talks between Hyundai and Apple could be at a standstill. Yet if things start again, the South Korean automaker’s E-GMP platform could be key to Apple’s ambitions to build an electric vehicle.

Hyundai’s promising E-GMP platform has a lot to like.

Short for “Electric-Global Modular Platform”, E-GMP is Hyundai’s first dedicated BEV (battery electric vehicle) platform. It serves as the basis on which an electric vehicle chassis can be built. It’s a software and hardware platform with dual motors, a five-link rear suspension, and impressive battery technology.

“Have a dedicated electrical platform [enables] rethink and challenge classic vehicle concepts and architecture dictated by the conventional engine concept, ”said David Labrosse, Product Planning Manager at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center. Mac Cult. “For example, the front overhang has been significantly reduced, creating new proportions of exceptional vehicles that were not possible before.”

The platform provides a foundation on which electric vehicles can be built, without having to build one from scratch.

It sounds like the kind of innovation that might grab Apple’s attention. Using another company’s platform for its products wouldn’t be a first for Apple. In 2001, for example, Apple based the first iPod on a platform developed by PortalPlayer, which had created several benchmark models for portable media players.

And TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently identified E-GMP as a potential building block for an Apple car.

Here’s a deeper dive into what, exactly, E-GMP could offer Apple.

How fast and how far can E-GMP go?

An E-GMP-based battery-powered vehicle can provide a range of over 500 kilometers (310 miles), with top speeds of 260 kilometers per hour (161 miles per hour).

Acceleration goes from zero to 100 km / min in less than 3.5 seconds. It is comparable to some of the high-end electric vehicles made by other companies.

What other cool features does Hyundai’s E-GMP platform offer?

Unveiled in 2020, the E-GMP platform also has some smart charging capabilities. It offers 800-volt charging capability as standard, but also allows 400-volt charging without the need for additional components or adapters.

Labrosse described this multi-charge system as “the world’s first patented technology”. High voltage charging also recharges the battery from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. In addition, E-GMP’s nifty vehicle charging function allows it to discharge energy from the vehicle’s battery to charge other electric machines, including another electric car.

Finally, the battery is the most powerful system ever designed by Hyundai Motor Group. A smaller battery, with improved cooling, means more cabin space in a car built on the platform.

And all of this happens in an Apple car?

However, Hyundai does not make E-GMP available to other manufacturers.
Photo: Hyundai

It sounds smart and disruptive. So it’s a perfect platform to build an Apple electric car, isn’t it? Not so fast.

“Currently, we plan to use E-GMP only in all brands of the Hyundai Motor group,” said Labrosse. “We will not be speculating on future plans to share technology with other automakers.”

When Hyundai unveiled the E-GMP last December, Car and driver reported that the platform “will be the foundation for new Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles from 2021”. The first would be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 2022.

According to the latest news, the talks between Hyundai and Apple could be at a standstill. Still, if things start up again, it’s possible Apple could build its long-rumored car on the E-GMP platform.

Apple is still interested, right?

After initially confirming talks with Apple, Hyundai withdrew its public statements. But it looks like E-GMP is the kind of platform Apple wants to work with. Early last year, Apple reportedly showed some interest in California electric vehicle company Canoo’s “skateboard” platform. It is a similar sounding vehicle base that could be used to build modular electric cars. However, Apple’s talks with Canoo reportedly collapsed.

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