The new electric car concept from the Hyundai-owned brand was introduced at the New York Auto Show. The Essentia Concept is said to be able to go from 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds, although the manufacturer has been scarce with other technical details.
We do know that the Gran Turismo will have multiple electric motors and that the battery pack will be placed in the floor. As a luxury brand, Genesis did not save on design and installed two butterfly doors and the nose is reminiscent of a Formula 1 racer.
As previously reported, the concept is built on a new platform designed by Genesis, and represents a taste of what is to come from the brand, as the next generations of electric cars by Genesis will be based on the same platform.
A year ago, Hyundai announced plans to develop their platform for EVs, which would provide the basis for particularly long-ranged EVs. The first serial model by Genesis is planned for 2021 and will have a 500 km range. There are several indications that it will be developed from the Essentia Concept, although this has not been confirmed.
Last year, Genesis made another introduction at the New York Auto Show; the GV80 Concept, which was the first instance where the Korean manufacturer combined their fuel cell technology with a large SUV chassis. By 2025 Genesis plans to have four environmentally friendly vehicles on the market, including a PHEV that is expected to be launched next year. Genesis looks to be planning on launching in Europe and China in the near future with its electric models.
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