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2022 Genesis Electrified G80 debuts as company's first electric vehicle

The Electrified G80 is the company's first electric vehicle.

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Genesis is launching its first electric vehicle (EV). The 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 takes the typical parts of the G80 sedan and combines it with an electric powertrain.

"Today is very special because it represents a variety of firsts for the Genesis brand, not only because this is Genesis' very first appearance at Auto Shanghai, but also as the first time we are unveiling a new product outside of Korea," said Jay Chang, Global Head of the Genesis brand. "The Electrified G80, the perfect balance of athleticism and elegance, marks the beginning of our journey into the EV market, representing Genesis in the era of electrification."

The exterior of the Electrified G80 is nearly the same as the traditional G80. The car's Crest Grille features an inverted G-Matrix pattern. It houses the car's charging door, which is located in the grille's upper right corner. The charging door features a two-line design. The two lines mimic the design that features in the lighting of the vehicle.

2022 Genesis Electrified G80

2022 Genesis Electrified G80

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors


Nineteen-inch wheels are available.

Specifics for the U.S. market version of the car will be revealed closer to its arrival stateside. Until then, we'll have to make do with what is already confirmed.

The 2020 Electrified G80 offers an estimated maximum range per charge of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) as measured using Korean EV certification. However, the company estimates far less range, just 427 kilometers (265 miles). That number pales in comparison to the Mercedes EQS's 770-kilometer (478-mile) estimated range and the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus gets 402 miles of all-electric range.

Charging happens at a rate of up to 350 kilowatts, getting from 10 to 80 percent of a charge in just 22 minutes.

Every Electrified G80 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Drivers who put the throttle down can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds when the car is in its Sport driving mode.

Drivers can connect or disconnect motor and drive shaft based on different driving conditions, enabling the car to switch from rear- to all-wheel drive on demand, and enabling fuel savings when desired.

Genesis has given the car Active Noise Control - Road, a feature that was first available on the GV80. There's also Electronic Control Suspension with Road Preview tech, which reads the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly ahead of the vehicle encountering a disturbance.

The Electrified G80 also provides a V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that enables customers to use 3.6 kilowatts of electric power, half of what the Ford F-150 PowerBoost's Pro Power OnBoard delivers, making it possible to use electric appliances outside the vehicle with ease.

The cabin of the EV features recycled materials - natural dyes for leather that is upholstered on the seats, console, and rear-seat armrest; natural recycled wood trim; and recycled PET fabrics.

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The new feature makes its debut with the F-150 Lightning.

Ford's recent vehicle releases have generated huge interest and excitement, which has turned into big demand for the new models. The Bronco and Mustang Mach-E have both seen extended wait times for new orders, and are generally well-reviewed. The F-150 Lightning is coming soon as Ford's first electric pickup truck, and while it's already generated an astonishing number of reservations, its range estimates were just finalized and they're better than initially expected, which will likely stoke demand even more.

Ford F-150 LightningFirst-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers

The 320-mile range estimate is 20 miles longer than Ford's original estimates, and puts the F-150 Lightning in a strong position. That said, the higher range number is only available on the XLT, Lariat, and Pro models, which are available with an extended-range battery. The Platinum trim comes standard with the long-range battery and is rated at up to 300 miles per charge. The 230-mile range offered by standard battery in the Pro, XLT, and Lariat trims matches Ford's initial estimates.

The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package. Ford

The Lightning is due soon. Ford saw massive demand for the truck, and had to limit reservations to prevent extended delays for customers. Though its numbers are strong, the F-150 Lightning's range falls short of the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, which features a 329-mile range. It's a bit better than the Rivian R1T, whose currently available batter pack limits range to 314 miles.

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Cadillac kicks off Lyriq EV production

The new SUV is being built in Spring Hill, TN.

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General Motors is moving more intentionally than most in its goal to become an electric automaker. New GM EVs will start to arrive in rapid succession over the next few years, and even luxury brand Cadillac is getting in on the action. The Lyriq is Cadillac's electric SUV that features sharp styling, an upscale interior, and solid electric range. Today, Cadillac announced that production of the new SUV has begun.

Spring Hill LYRIQ Sizzle

The SUV is being built at GM's Spring Hill, TN plant, where its Saturn brand operated for several years. The facility for a $2 billion overhaul to prepare for production, and the GM team finished the project ahead of schedule. The facility currently produces the Cadillac XT5 and XT6, along with the GMC Acadia. General Motors notes that the factory overhaul took place in the midst of vehicle production, and says that the team pulled off Lyriq prep while still working on the factory's three existing products.

Reservations for the electrified Caddy sold out almost immediately. The SUV is expected to have an electric driving range of more than 400 miles and it will ride on GM's new Ultium architecture, which underpins many of the auto giant's new electric vehicles. Pricing is expected to start around $60,000 when the Cadillac goes on sale this year as a 2023 model.

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