Genesis G80 — an EV for the Vehicles & Espresso Crowd



It’s been a number of weeks since I first took supply of my Genesis Electrified G80 luxurious sedan. And, whereas I preferred the automotive even earlier than the second I slid behind the supple leather-based wheel, I couldn’t fairly get a deal with on who this EV is perhaps for. However now? Now I get it. This Genesis is the EV that’s gonna wow them at Vehicles & Espresso.

In the event you’ve by no means been to a Vehicles & Espresso fashion gathering, it goes a bit like this: a bunch of fellows pull as much as a neighborhood espresso store on an early weekend morning of their fancy automobiles, they pop the hoods of their Cobras or Corvettes or Mercedes-AMGs to point out off the products, then proceed to stroll round every others’ automobiles trying admiringly down into engine bays with oohs and ahs that signify a real appreciation for (if not an understanding of) the high-horsepower engineering therein.

By now, I’ve already misplaced not less than just a few of y’all on the market in CleanTechnica Readerland — and I get it. This sort of automotive man act isn’t for everybody. That mentioned, it’s positively for lots of people, and these are individuals who have a staggering quantity of affect over what manufacturers, if not fashions, that the individuals of their social circles truly purchase. They’re essential to any dissemination of automotive ideology, in different phrases, and most of those individuals need to look below the hood and see— properly, one thing.

And a frunk, expensive reader, isn’t “one thing.”

Regardless of how a lot you want your frunk or what number of tiny/extremely revered journalists you may stuff into yours, a frunk is a novelty act. It’s solely actually cool in an act of defiance in opposition to what most individuals assume “ought to” be there. It’s not a one thing added, it’s a intelligent use of area that will, in any other case, be a complete lot of nothing. Once you pop the hood of the Genesis Electrified G80, although, one factor you received’t see is nothing.

Underneath the Hood of the Electrical Genesis G80

Hyundai Genesis Electrified G80 EV engine electric motor

Photograph by the writer.

I do know, I do know — that’s not what it appears like and it’s actually only a bunch of controllers and cooling and blah blah … however, crucially, it appears superior, and I’d be extraordinarily inquisitive about taking the G80 to a Vehicles & Espresso, leaving the hood up, and people-watching the reactions of the automotive guys strolling previous to see what they had been.

I can let you know one factor: nevertheless they react, will probably be to one thing, somewhat than nothing.

The Automotive, As a Automotive

Genesis G80 electric car

Photograph by the writer.

The G80 is without doubt one of the extra conventionally styled EVs available on the market. The massive grille, lengthy hood, and brief deck styling cues shout “large engine” about as loudly as any phony exhaust sound may, and the Genesis backs that up with the form of instantaneous torque efficiency you’ve come to anticipate from an EV. That mentioned, it goes concerning the activity of getting you and yours from level A to level B very otherwise than most trendy EVs.

For starters, take a look at the roof. It might not seem to be an enormous deal, however nearly each different automotive I’ve pushed in recent times — and definitely each “excessive finish” one — has come to me with a full-length sunroof. From the Tesla Mannequin 3 we rented in Austin to the Mustang Mach-E I drove final winter to the Hyundai IONIQ 5 in my driveway proper now, all of them have glass roofs. The G80, in the meantime?

That roof is all metal, and the sense of separation and serenity and quiet that that element imparts on the individuals contained in the automotive can’t be discounted.

“Is that this a limo?” requested my daughter, moving into the again of the automotive for the primary time.

“No,” I mentioned. “Why would you assume it’s a limo?”

“It’s good,” she responded. “Nobody can see me again right here.”

In an period when virtually the whole lot we do and say feels prefer it’s public, that little little bit of privateness and isolation would possibly go an extended, great distance. In actual fact, even within the face of the Genesis G80’s glorious inside appointments, luxurious consolation, glorious sound system, prepared chassis, completely plausible 282 mile vary, and completely underrated 365 HP … it was that sense of feeling cocooned into the automotive by the metal roof that made it really feel essentially the most completely different from the Volvos, Hyundais, and Teslas I’d been spending essentially the most time in.

Not simply completely different, although. Particular.

Frankly, for the automotive’s $79,825 beginning worth (much less further choices, equipment, vacation spot prices, taxes, tags, and costs), it ought to really feel particular. The truth that it does simply signifies that Genesis did the factor — however that’s simply my take. In the event you’ve had the possibility to pattern the Genesis Electrified G80 for your self, tell us what you considered it within the feedback part on the backside of the web page.


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