Seven of Mine: Hyundai Assimilates Electric Power

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
seven of mine hyundai assimilates electric power

Appearing on the same day as certain other vehicles under which one will find the E-GMP architecture, the annoyingly capitalized Hyundai SEVEN was introduced today at the L.A. Auto Show. Billed as a preview of a future sport utility electric vehicle, it’s meant to further the burgeoning all-electric IONIQ sub-brand while also being one of the building clocks for Hyundai’s kick at reaching carbon neutrality by 2045.

Why they didn’t have Jeri Ryan drive the thing on stage is beyond this author’s comprehension.

You may recall the automaker’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) has quickly become the structure for a number of vehicles including the Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6, not to mention the Concept EV9 which also appeared this morning at the same auto show. As such, this Hyundai SEVEN shares certain key metrics with the latter, including a targeted range of 300 miles and the capability to hoover up enough electrons to fill its battery to 80 percent in about 20ish minutes.

This is a big brute, with a wheelbase spanning almost 126 inches. That about splits the difference between a Tahoe and Suburban, if you’re wondering. Few other details were given since whatever production vehicle is spawned from this concept will likely be beaten into submission by pencil-necked accountants seeking to save pennies. A skateboard-style platform like the E-GMP does permit a certain amount of styling freedom compared to other structures where certain hardpoints are locked into place early in development. Don’t expect the wild door opening or seating arrangement shown here, for example, but that unique front lighting signature is not wholly out of the question.

“The SEVEN concept demonstrates Hyundai’s creative vision and advanced technological development for our electrified mobility future,” said José Muñoz, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. “Its innovative interior space, eco-friendly powertrain and cutting-edge safety and convenience technologies reveal an exciting future for Hyundai SUV customers.”

Cutting through the marketing speak, we find several technologies – in addition to the EV powertrain – that could be useful to real-world consumers. With all eyes on germ epidemiology these days, the Hygiene Airflow System is a neat idea that takes inspiration from the airflow management found in passenger aircraft. In its one mode, air is taken in through air intakes located in the roof rails. It then travels downward through the cabin and is extracted through an exterior vent behind the rear wheels. In another mode, the air flows from the slim dashboard to rear vents. It can apparently operate whether the vehicle is in motion or not, suggesting active airflow fans and the like, reducing cross-contamination among passengers and isolating airflow between front and rear occupants.

Pandemic or not, there has been an Uber or two in which we wish this type of system was in place. Dude definitely had Taco Bell for lunch, is all we’re saying.

There are no firm plans to produce the Hyundai SEVEN as it sits of course, though you can wager large sums it won’t be too long before their showrooms contain a large all-electric SUV. Perhaps they’ll hire Jeri Ryan to introduce that one.

{Images: Hyundai, © 2021 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 18, 2021

    Maybe I am getting older but I just don't want to pay 40k or more for a hideous looking vehicle that doesn't look as good as a vacuum cleaner. I am sure that there are some decent looking EVs on the market but the trend in car and truck design seems to be more ugly. The 2022 Toyota Tundra is an ugly looking vehicle.

  • Dusterdude Dusterdude on Nov 18, 2021

    Nice looking vehicle ! I’m not willing to buy an EV in the next 5 years but like the looks of it !

  • BklynPete So let's get this straight: Ford hyped up the Bronco for 3 years, yet couldn't launch it to match the crazy initial demand. They released it with numerous QC issues, made hay for its greedy dealers, and burned customers in the process. After all that, they lose money on warranties. The vehicles turn out to be a worse ownership experience than the Jeep Wrangler, which hasn't been a paragon of reliability for 50 years. The same was true of the Aviator, Explorer, several F-150 variants, and other recent product launches. The Maverick is the only thing they got right. Yet this company that's been at it for 120 years. Just Brilliant. Jim Farley's non-PR speak: "You don't get to call me an idiot. I get to call myself an idiot first."Farley truly seems hapless, like the characters his late cousin played. Bill Ford is a nice guy but more than a bit slow on the uptake too. They have not had anything resembling a quality CEO since Alan Mulally turned the keys over to Mark Fields - the mulleted glamor boy who got canned after 3 years when the PowerShi(f)t transaxles exploded. He more recently helped run Hertz into the ground with bad QC and a faulty database that had them arresting customers. Ford is starting to resemble Chrysler in the mid-Seventies Sales Bank era. Well, at least VW has cash and envies Ford's distribution reach and potential profitability.
  • Mike Beranek This guy called and wants his business model back.
  • SCE to AUX The solid state battery is vaporware.As for software-limited pack capacity: Batteries are obviously the most expensive component of an EV, so on the rare occasion that pack capacity is dramatically limited (as in your 6-year-old example), it's because economies of scale briefly made sense at the time.Mfrs are not in the habit of overbuilding pack capacity just for fun, and then charging the customer less.Since then, pack capacities have been slightly increased via software because the mfr decides they can sacrifice a little bit of the normal safety/wear margin in the interest of range. We're talking single-digit percentages, not the 60/75 kWh jump in your example.Every pack has maybe 10% margin built into it, so eating into that today (via range increases) means it's not available to make up for battery degradation tomorrow. My 4-year-old EV still has its original range(s) and 100% SOH, but that's surely because it is slowly consuming the margin built into the pack.@Matt Posky: Not everything is a conspiracy to get your credit card account, and the lengthy editorial about this has nothing to do with solid state batteries.
  • JLGOLDEN In order for this total newcomer to grab and hold attention in the US market, the products MUST be an exceptional value. Not many people will pay name-brand money for the pretty mystery. I can appreciate the ambition of selling $50K+ crossovers, but I think they will go farther with their $30K-$40K offerings.
  • Dukeisduke They're where Tesla was when it started - a complete unknown. I haven't heard anything about a dealer network. How are they going to sell these? Direct like Tesla? Franchises picked up by existing new car dealers?
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