The next step towards an all-electric range
In an update to this story Own fleet report story posted in june , Genesis has just announced that the 2023 electrified G80 is now available in four more states: Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia. That brings the total to 12 states, including the previous eight of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
The 2023 Genesis G80 EV AWD is the second battery-electric model from Genesis, joining the GV60 SUV. Genesis calls it the “G80 Electrified,” but instead of bundling it with a bunch of hybrids and plug-in hybrids, at Clean Fleet Report we’ll just call it what it is – the G80 EV.
Genesis, which is only in its sixth year, is in a phase of transition. By 2025, it won’t release any new internal combustion engine (ICE) models, then by 2030 it will only sell electric cars and SUVs. Since the company already has its popular Genesis G80 powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder or a non-turbo V6, Genesis seems intent on retaining the brand loyalty the model built while adding a new propulsion system.
Genesis invited automotive media to Bentonville, Arkansas to drive the G80 EV on the twisty roads of Ozark Mountain. This ideal location shed light on the performance, handling, ride comfort and overall enjoyment of this five-passenger luxury sedan.
Charging and regeneration
Using a 240V Level 2 charger, the 87.2 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion polymer battery will recharge from 10 to 100 percent charge in less than 7.25 hours. For faster charging, owners can enjoy three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America stations where, with a 350 kW charger, the G80 will go from 10 to 80 percent in 22 minutes.
Added to the charge is a powerful regeneration that occurs when coasting or braking, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy and returning it to the battery. Regeneration can be set to three levels, with the ultimate being i-Pedal or one-pedal riding, allowing most rides to be done without relying on the brakes.
The all-wheel-drive G80, with dual 136kW motors front and rear, produces 365 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, offering an all-electric range of 282 miles. During our 190-mile drive on country and mountain roads, city streets and a small amount of highway, we got 3.4 miles per kWh.
Smiling torque at any speed is what makes driving an electric car so special, and luckily the G80 EV didn’t disappoint. Acceleration in Comfort drive mode was strong, but select Sport mode and it gets exciting. We shot 0-60 mph times of around 4.9 seconds.
Well-distributed weight gave the G80 a balanced and confident ride. Michelin Primacy Tour all-season tires (245/45 front and 275/40 rear), mounted on 19-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels, provided good grip, even when cornering was pushed hard. their limit. The all-wheel-drive system automatically senses the level of grip and sends power undetectably back and forth and side-to-side. The electronically controlled suspension, with forward-facing cameras that read road conditions, automatically controls the damping force of the suspension to ensure a smooth ride.
The G80 EV limited wind and road noise partly due to the low 0.26CD, acoustic laminated glass and sound insulation. The excellent Harman Lexicon audio system features Active Noise Cancellation which, through a series of sensors and microphones, produces noise-canceling frequencies that prevent outside noise from reaching the cabin.
The sleek exterior, with distinctive styling, says there’s nothing reserved about the G80. The G-Matrix grille looks familiar. It’s like the Crest Grille found on all other Genesis models, but the open honeycomb pattern has been closed off. Without a radiator, air is aerodynamically pushed over, under, sideways and around the G80 instead of being sucked into the engine. The trained eye will notice that the charging door is on the left side of the grille, but Genesis has done a masterful job of hiding it. Plus, they’ve done a good job of not letting anyone know that this G80 is all-electric because there’s no EV badge on the car.
Dual line LED lights are a signature Genesis design, front and rear. The popular fastback design has a sleek roofline, leading to a soft integrated lip spoiler on the hands-free power trunk.
Interior: attention to detail
The interior is a superb example of craftsmanship integrating fine materials into a well-designed cabin that seems to ask “Why would you want to be anywhere else?” The build quality and attention to detail are characterized by natural eco-friendly materials like leather, fabrics and wood.
Comfort starts with heated and ventilated front seats in Nappa leather, with memory and 16-way power adjustments, including bolsters and a driver’s leg extender. The driver receives the Genesis-exclusive Ergo Motion seat designed to improve comfort and reduce fatigue. look at this video to see the technology that will make your trip even more relaxing and enjoyable. The front passenger seat has 12 power adjustments, including 4 lumbar adjustments, and power buttons to adjust the seat back for easier access to the rear seats. The sculpted leather rear seats, with ample headroom and legroom, feature adjustable head restraints, a fold-down center armrest with cupholders and side sun visors.
As you’d expect from a luxury car, the G80 has it all. The dash features a horizontal 14.25-inch LCD touchscreen that houses the navigation and the 1,050-watt Lexicon by Harmon premium surround sound system. The 21-speaker system includes multiple tweeters and woofers, including 8-inch subwoofers located under the two front seats. SiriusXM, AM/FM/HD radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included, with Bluetooth voice commands for radio and phone. The leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel features audio, telephone and adaptive cruise control controls. The radio can also be controlled by voice, the touchscreen or the volume and channel selection wheels on the center console. There was a very short learning curve for this outstanding entertainment system.
Other interior features are an 8.0-inch color LCD instrument cluster that included easy-to-read gauges with white backgrounds and black numbers, proximity key with push-button start, power outlets USB and 12V, three-zone automatic climate control, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, color head-up display, heated and power door mirrors with turn signals and wireless phone charging.
Technological features continue with the smart keywhich provides access to vehicle systems, including remote start, and the Digital key offering more comfort and safety. The home link The auto-dimming rearview mirror is an integrated transceiver (one transmitter and one receiver) that can be programmed to activate radio frequency (RF) devices such as garage doors, estate/community gates, door locks, etc. entrance, home/office lighting, security systems or other RF devices.
Security, warranty and price
The G80 comes with a comprehensive and standard list of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and a semi-autonomous driving system, the Genesis Highway Driving Assist. A useful feature: When you use the right or left turn signal, a camera lights up in the dash showing the side of the G80, depending on which direction you’re turning.
The 2022 G80 EV is a new model and has not been tested for safety by the government or insurance industry, but the 2022 gas-powered G80 received five stars from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Highway Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) awarded it a Top Safety Pick+. These are the highest overall security ratings of the two organizations.
As with all Genesis vehicles, the G80 is backed by industry-leading warranties, starting with the powertrain and battery at 10 years and 100,000 miles each.
The G80 EV will be available in Q4 2022, initially in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The price has not been announced, but the Genesis Concierge service can answer questions about reservations. All Genesis electric vehicles are eligible for federal tax credit and state rebates.
Observations: 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 AWD
Whether it’s an entry-level model or a luxury model, there’s something very satisfying about driving an electric car. The lack of sound when moving down the road is wonderful, and the instant torque from a standstill or at highway speeds is something to enjoy.
We quickly recognized that we were in for a fine automobile when getting behind the wheel of the 2023 G80 EV. It has contemporary styling and an impressive interior with generous passenger space. The feature list is long and thorough, including a comprehensive safety suite, making the G80 a true value proposition among midsize luxury sedans. But what is the G80 EV selling against?
It will compete overall with models from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Lexus and Cadillac, but since not all of them offer an electric sedan, Genesis will have a great story to tell about luxury, comfort, performance, durability and efficiency.
The G80 EV, built in Ulsan, Korea, is the second step in Genesis’s transformation into an all-electric brand, with the electrified GV70 SUV next. For a six-year-old company, Genesis is traveling at the speed of light when it comes to becoming an all-electric car brand.
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Story by John Faulkner. Photos by John Faulkner and Genesis.
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