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Genesis unveils its first-ever electric car at Auto Shanghai 2021

Genesis has unveiled its first battery-powered model, the Electrified G80, at Shanghai’s international auto show in China. It’s going to go on sale in Canada and the U.S. as well.

Parent company Hyundai already offers all-electric versions of its Kona and Ioniq, but this is the initial electrified model for its premium brand. It also marks the first Genesis shown at Auto Shanghai, and the first Genesis global debut outside of Korea.

The Electrified G80 is based on the brand’s midsize sedan, which was redesigned into an all-new generation for 2021. Initial estimates give it a range of 427 kilometres on a charge, and with 350-kW rapid-charging, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 22 minutes.

All-wheel-drive is standard, and the company said that when the car is in Sport mode, it can accelerate from zero to 96 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Depending on driving conditions, the car can switch from all-wheel- to rear-wheel-drive, saving battery power when all-wheel isn’t necessary.

While specifications and features for North America haven’t yet been announced, Genesis said at the Shanghai debut that the G80 offers a 400-/800-volt multi rapid charging system to accommodate various charging infrastructures. The charging port is inside the upper corner of the grille for a smooth appearance. The car will also have a 3.6-kW “vehicle-to-load” feature so that electrical appliances can be run off the car’s battery.


The car also includes active noise control to counter road noise, and an electronically-controlled suspension with road preview, which uses a front-facing camera to detect bumps or potholes, so the suspension can react for better ride comfort.

Inside, the Electrified G80 features natural or recycled materials, including natural leather dyes, recycled wood in the trim, and recycled PET fabrics.

Genesis said the Electrified G80 is the first of additional electric models to come, and it will have more information on the car’s arrival in Canada and the U.S. later this year.

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