The Genesis GV70 EV SUV packs an electric punch
Last year, Genesis Motor unveiled their third fully electric vehicle, the Genesis GV70 EV SUV. It became the first Genesis model to be produced in the United States at its Montgomery, Alabama site, with the first US-built unit produced last month. Now, the models are headed to dealerships nationwide.
The Genesis GV70 EV SUV is essentially an electric version of the gas-powered GV70 SUV. It does away with any internal combustion engine power in favor of a 77.4 kwh lithium-ion polymer battery pack located beneath the floor. This powers the 214 horsepower electric motors at both the front and the back, providing all-wheel drive.
The Korean luxury automaker claims that the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds thanks to its GV70 Boost Mode feature that enables a 54 horsepower boost which bumps the combined 429 HP up to 483. Given the SUV’s 5,000-pound mass, which is about 500 pounds more than its gas-powered cousin, the GV70 Boost Mode is rather astounding.
The EPA estimates that the GV70 can go 236 miles on a single charge. Its system uses 250 kw/800 volt rapid charging, allowing the battery to recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes or to add 60 miles of range in just five minutes. However, it takes around seven hours for Level II 240-volt charging to get from 0% to 100%. Genesis provides owners three years of cost-free 30-minute rapid-charging sessions through Electrify America.
The Genesis GV70 EV SUV is now offered in 15 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, according to Hyundai.