Hyundai Unveils EV Concept Cars

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, Automotive Editor - July 18, 2022
Hyundai N Concepts

Now that Hyundai has solidified its all-electric IONIQ brand with the funky and highly competitive IONIQ 5, the South Korean brand is looking to expand its N brand with an electric vehicle. Hyundai’s high-performance N sub-brand recently showcased two electrified concepts that showcase how far the brand could push the envelope if it were to create high-performance electric cars.

The first concept is called the RN22e and it’s basically a race car that’s based on the new IONIQ 6. The RN22e’s aggressive body kit, massive fender flares, and extreme wing highlight the concept’s focus on cornering capability. The concept features a twin-clutch, torque-vectoring system, as well as a variety of 3D printed parts to keep weight down (a major issue with EVs) and improve rigidity. All-wheel drive is included with the RN22e, bringing “optimized torque distribution” based on the different drive modes, giving drivers the ability to choose the amount of torque going to the front and rear wheels.

Under the shouty body, the RN22e has two electric motors for a combined output of 571 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. The concept also has a 77.4-kWh battery pack that can charge at a rate of 800 volts. To keep things running well on the track, Hyundai’s N brand focused on cooling and hefty four-piston calipers with a 15.7-inch hybrid disc.

The RN22e looks a little too extreme for a road vehicle, but Hyundai claims the concept “plays an important role as the rolling lab for upcoming EV N models.” That makes it sound like the RN22e could be used as inspiration for an upcoming high-performance electric car.

N Vision 74 & RN22e

Then, there’s the N Vision 74. If you think the IONIQ 5 looks radical, wait until you see this wonky concept. It looks like it’s from a different era, which makes sense since the body pays homage to the Hyundai Pony Coupe concept from 1974. It’s a bonkers, throw-back race car look that’s stunning. But the N Vision 74’s powertrain is even more impressive, as it’s a high-performance fuel-cell vehicle.

The specifications for the N Vision 74 are even more impressive. The concept has two electric motors that are mounted at the back for up to 671 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain also includes a 4.2-kg compressed hydrogen tank and a 64.2-kWh battery pack. The combination results in up to 372 miles of range.

With hydrogen being looked over for all-electric vehicles, we think a production version of the RN22e is more likely to appear than a real-world N Vision 74. Either way, both of these concepts look like they’re way too radical to make it into production anytime soon. We do have some good news on that front, as Hyundai has plans to release the IONIQ 5 N next year. As of right now, we don’t have any information on the upcoming high-performance IONIQ 5, but the vehicle could gain some elements from the concepts.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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