Part of Hyundai's assault on this year's Consumer Electronics Show was the Elevate "walking car" concept — a Transformer that turns into a "Star Wars" AT-AT. The mountain-climbing contraption was built on the E-GMP platform. In conjunction with the Elevate, Hyundai announced that one component of its future mobility roadmap was to "introduce EV's built on [the] new dedicated platform," which would signal a move away from models like the Kona EV and Ioniq EV that share their chassis with ICE-powered models.
The E-GMP platform will be enhanced by an innovation developed at tool-making subsidiary Hyundai-Wia called the Integrated Drive Axle (IDA). The IDA combines the driveshaft and wheel bearing assembly, said to make for a stronger component and a "quieter and more stable driving experience."
According to a Hyundai exec, a primary benefit of the E-GMP will be in offering customers "customizable features, allowing drivers to alter space and configuration more efficiently."
Business Korea says a concept of the coming EV will be revealed in June next year. By hewing to the general trend for Hyundai to start selling a car six months after the concept reveal, BK believes the production EV "will enter mass production by early 2021 as planned." That strikes us as absurdly optimistic, since Hyundai's still gathering parts to build a prototype, and a new EV on a new platform will require more than one year of testing. Whenever the NE arrives, it will be an important part of Hyundai's plan to put 44 electrified models on sale by 2025.