Electric Vehicles

New track by Ren Harvieu celebrates the possibility of an electric vehicle future

UK artist Ren Harvieu has created a new song celebrating electric vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK

Shortly after Ford launched a song based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai has released its own musical interlude featuring an alternatively powertrained vehicle. "Electric Feels" was written and performed by critically acclaimed UK artist Ren Harvieu. It was co-written with Romeo Stodart.

Hyundai commissioned the song, released by Bella Union, as part of its ongoing promotion of plug-in hybrid, electric, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company has committed $36 billion over the next five years in a push to get 44 electrified models available to customers by 2025.

Ren Harvieu Hyundai Hyundai has one of the largest electrified vehicle fleets in the world. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK

Some of that push includes launching the company's fourth passenger vehicle brand. Ioniq joins Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia in the Hyundai Motor Corporation family.

According to Hyundai, the new track "is an emotive dose of sassy synth pop and takes inspiration from Harvieu's experiences during lockdown, including the changing sound of the city she witnessed, as our roads emptied and air pollution improved."

"I'd already been thinking about the changes that I've seen in cities across the country, quieter roads, less air pollution and I think we've been given a small window into what a more sustainable future could look like. This campaign is about getting people to think about the environment and make that switch to electric. For me this is a really important message," said Harvieu.

"The quieter roads during lockdown have really given us an insight into what a greener world could look and sound like - and it's clear that the British public is serious about its commitment to improving the planet and living in a more environmentally-conscious way," Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, from Hyundai Motor UK.

Ren Harvieu Ren Harvieu composed the song based on her experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK

Seven years after her Top 5 debut album, Salford singer, Ren recently overcame a life threatening back injury to release her new album 'Revel in the Drama' in April.

Stream or download Ren Harvieu's track, 'Electric Feels', here.

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service

The long process to design, engineer, and award a contract for the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) next-generation mail delivery vehicle (NGDV) has finally come to an end. The government has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract to produce the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle for service. Oshkosh Defense is a a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK).

The NGDV project is the USPS's first large-scale fleet procurement in three decades. Over the next 10 years, the contract allows for the delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 new vehicles.

"Oshkosh operates with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services to build, protect and serve communities around the world. We are honored to have been selected by the USPS to support their important work by manufacturing American-made Next Generation Delivery Vehicles that will connect every home and business across the United States for decades to come," said John Pfeifer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Oshkosh Corporation.

U.S. Postal Service's Next-Generation Mail Delivery Vehicle

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The new mail trucks will have multiple powertrain options, just like many passenger vehicles on the road today. There will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) version that runs exclusively on electric power and a fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) variant.

Under the contract awarded today, USPS has committed to paying Oshkosh Defense $482 million as a first step toward the new vehicles' production. The money will be used to finalize the production vehicle design and complete factory build-out, all of which is necessary before production gets underway. The process is similar to ones mass market vehicle manufacturers use.

"Our century-long history of delivering products to customers, operating in some of the most demanding and severe conditions on the planet, uniquely positions us to bring exceptional reliability, safety, and maintainability to USPS's Next Generation Delivery Vehicles," said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense. "Partnering with trusted suppliers, we have developed a purpose-built solution to support the current and future needs of the USPS," Bryant concluded.

In addition to a new exterior and powertrain options, the NGTV also gets modern features and amenities like a rearview camera, walk-in cargo area, air condition, telematics, and a sliding cargo door. There's also a host of safety technology and equipment including airbags, automatic front and rear braking, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera, and forward collision warning.

Production of the next generation delivery vehicle is expected to begin in 2023.

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new all-electric addition to the company's lineup.

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The newest member of the Hyundai family brings with it the prestige of also being the first of at least three all-electric vehciles that will wear the Ioniq name and be on-sale in the coming years. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery electric vehicle (BEV) redefines the company's EV strategy, making models solely for EV purposes rather than modifying internal combustion engine cars and SUVs for EV power.

The car is built on Hyundai's dedicated BEV architecture called the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The new underpinnings allow the Ioniq 5 to be uniquely sized compared to Hyundai's other vehicles. It's six inches longer than the Tucson but four shorter than the Santa Fe. Its width is nearly the same as the Santa Fe, but it's four inches shorter. The CUV's wheelbase is four inches longer than the three-row Hyundai Palisade's.

The Ioniq is smaller than the Santa Fe but larger than the Tucson.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The exterior of the car features a clamshell hood that rests above unique daytime drumming lights. Small, pixel-like clusters are at the rear of the car as taillights.There are design nods to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai's '45' concept car in the company's exterior styling choices. The car is offered with aero-optimized 20-inch aerodynamic wheels and has a solar panel roof similar to the one on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Hyundai will sell the two-row model in four configurations offering Standard Range or Long Range models equipped with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Standard Range RWD model has a 58-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack below the floor of the car. It paired with a 160-kilowatt motor that sits on the rear axle of the vehicle. Total power output is 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says that this model gets from zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds but it's quicker above 60 mph.

The Standard Range AWD model adds a motor to the front axle giving the car an output of 235 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.

Which part of the work you're in will determine what the capacity is for the Ioniq 5 Long Range models. In North America, the larger 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery will be offered. Globally, a 72.6-koliwatt-hour battery pack will be sold in Long Range models. There, it is paired with the same motor setup as in the Standard Range RWD CUV to deliver about 300 miles of range per charge on the WLTP testing cycle.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

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The Long Range AWD model gets a more powerful front motor than the one offered in the similar Standard Range AWD setup allowing output to climb to 306 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The Ioniq 5 employs the latest charging technology. It can be plugged in using a standard J1772 combined charging system (CCS) port that will rapidly charge at up to 350 kilowatts. At that speed, the Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. Plugging in for five minutes can give up to 62 miles of range. Charging times for other speeds has not yet been released.

Like the Ford F-150 Hybrid, the Ioniq offers a power source that camping equipment, electric bicycles, computers, and tailgating equipment can be plugged into. There's a separate battery for that with an output of 3.6 kilowatts - about half as strong as the F-150's most powerful option, but 70 percent more than the standard 2.1 kilowatt unit in the truck.

Unlike many hybrids and EVs on the market today, Hyundai is giving its Ioniq 5 a towing rating estimated at over 3,500 pounds.

Hyundai has given the car a movable center island that can be maneuvered forward and aft about 5.6 inches. It paired with electronically adjustable front seats that are able to recline. Front seats are not as thick as they traditionally are, allowing rear seat passengers to have more legroom.

Many of its interior touchpoints - seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest - use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts.

Customers can choose from nine exterior colors, while the interior is offered in three color schemes.

In front of the driver is a 12-inch, customizable digital gauge cluster and an augmented reality head-up display. The car's 12-inch infotainment screen can also be customized.

One of the highlights of the Ioniq 5's body style, aside from the option for more passenger space, is the impressive cargo space. It has slightly less than a Subaru Crosstrek when the seats are upright and slightly more when the 60/40 split-folding rear seat is folded flat. At the front of the car is small trunk that can fit a charging cord and little else.

Each Ioniq is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense, the company's advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The car will be the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2. It will also have forward collodion warning, blind spot warning and assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, driver attention warning, and automatic high beam headlights.

Look for the first deliveries of the Ioniq 5 to start this summer. Timing for U.S. deliveries is to-be-announced.

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