Hyundai Beats Tesla? Ioniq 5 has Solar Panel Roof Capable of Charging Even Other EVs
(Photo : Screenshot From What Car? YouTube) Hyundai Beats Tesla? Ioniq 5 has Solar Panel Roof Capable of Charging Even Other EVs

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 has recently just been announced as a full EV, mid-size CUV or crossover SUV which should come with some pretty unique tech features and additional options which include solar panels on its actual roof.

Originally seen at the previous 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show as somewhat of a 45 EV concept, the car has seen some tweaks in designs before becoming the current Hyundai Ioniq 5.

While the Tesla solar roof for their EVs has been a discussion shared amongst enthusiasts for quite some time, the carmaker hasn't included this feature yet while Hyundai, on the other hand, has.

Can solar panels be used to charge electric cars? 

According to an article by TechRadar, owners technically won't be able to use the sun in order to fully recharge the said 58 kWh standard range or the 72.6 kWh long-range battery lodged inside the Hyundai Ioniq 5, with it basically acting as just a complimentary charging source meant to extend the range.

Hyundai notes that the solar panels are capable of adding up to 2,000kms per year which means around 5-6kms a day of additional range while driving through sunny environments.

Another interesting feature that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has is that it is capable of charging the other electric vehicles. This is if the battery level is notably above 15%. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 can easily be plugged into another EV in order to charge it.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: How long does a Hyundai Ioniq battery last? 

Once the reported battery goes down to 15% it will then automatically stop charging the other EV in order to preserve range for itself.

The charging speed is practically just 3.6kW so this might just be in order to top up another car instead of actually thoroughly charging it. The good thing is that it might be able to charge other electric devices aside from EVs like e-bikes, laptops, e-bicycles, and others.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will reportedly be available along with two different battery sizes as well as two drivetrains namely the AWD and the RWD or the All Wheel Drive and the Rear Wheel Drive. 

There's also reportedly a standard 58kWh battery offering capable of about 200km or 125miles in range. Another 72.6kWh long-range battery is reportedly capable of a whopping 500km or 310 miles in just a single charge.

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How do you calculate EV charging? 

The new 800v battery reportedly supports fast charging as well, capable of claiming 100km of range in about just five minutes when reportedly plugged directly into a 350kW charger. This means that 10% to 80% would happen in only about 18 minutes.

Unfortunately, however, the 350kW chargers aren't too popular as of the moment but the 50kW charger will reportedly allow users to go from 10% up to 80% in just an hour. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 reportedly wants to make sure that it is typically a welcoming place when it is being charged.

The upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 will reportedly be available around March to May this 2021 with the EV landing in the UK somewhere mid-2021.

The pricing for the mid-size CUV hasn't been revealed yet aside from the special edition "Project 45" Ioniq 5 noted to cost around $63,000. InsideEvs, however, puts the price at around $67,700.

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