Hyundai has unveiled the RN22e and the N Vision 74, two very different electric car studies from its N performance sub-brand. The Korean company has also confirmed that the Ioniq 5 N will debut in 2023.
The study for the battery-electric RN22e builds on the recently unveiled Ioniq 6 and could thus provide a glimpse of a possible Ioniq 6 N, although Hyundai is currently being somewhat coy about this in its public communication.
The RN22e has a 430 kW all-wheel drive and a 77.4 kWh battery, which is a familiar combination from the Kia EV6 GT. Officially, it is only said that the RN22e uses Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and carries the body design of the Ioniq 6. The Korean auto maker has not yet confirmed whether it will actually be the harbinger of a later series model.
The second study, N Vision 74, relies on a retro design and a combination of a fuel cell system with up to 95 kW and a rear-wheel drive of over 500 kW. The hydrogen tank is said to be able to hold 4.2 kg of H2. The 62.4 kWh battery not only serves as a buffer storage for the fuel cell, but can also be charged externally – Hyundai speaks here of an “800 volt fast charging capability”. The powerfuly electric car powered by both battery and hydrogen fuel cell can be refuelled in 5 minutes, with a maximum speed of over 250 kilometres per hour and a driving range of over 600 kilometres. Its no surprise that the Korean company has been inspired by motor sport for this study.
Hyundai says that the N Vision 74 combination of both battery and fuel cell powerimproves cooling efficiency, while the study envisages the two different power sources being used differently according to driving conditions.
Both studies are not just purely show cars, but are to be used as “rolling laboratories” in which the company’s “advanced technologies are tested and verified in order to apply them to future production models”.
“RN22e and N Vision 74 play an important role in the strategic development of our entire product lineup, especially our electrified, high-performance vehicles,” saysRolling labs represent the continuous development of our most advanced technologies,” he explains, adding: “This unique approach makes us ready for the challenges of the future by empowering us to push ourselves to the limit.”
In contrast, the Ioniq 5 N is clearly destined for dealers and customer hands. Hyundai has now officially confirmed its premiere next year. The compact electric car is to be the brand’s first fully electric high-performance model. Although the performance data of the Ioniq 5 N have not yet been revealed, in view of the EV6 GT and the RN22e, anything other than the 430 kW all-wheel drive would be a surprise.
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