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Hyundai Touts High-Tech For Electric Vehicle Launch

Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s recently revealed Ioniq 5 crossover is a computer on wheels, or wallet on wheels, as the Fountain Valley automaker describes it.
 
Among the raft of features revealed for the North American debut of the electric vehicle is an in-car payment system that allows drivers to make payments for EV charging, food, coffee and parking via Hyundai’s connected vehicle system.

 
The feature has been in development for a few years now, with the automaker working in conjunction with connected car software maker Xevo Inc.

 
The feature uses Hyundai’s Bluelink smart car system, which also boasts the ability to control the vehicle from a smartphone or driver’s voice.

 
Hyundai’s driver-assistance capabilities, called SmartSense, are also on full display with the Ioniq 5—it’s the first model for Hyundai to boast the feature.

 
The vehicle will roll out later this year, first to California and nine other states, with aggressive zero-emission vehicle strategies. Sales will expand to additional states in 2022. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed.


Interestingly, to woo those new to or on the fence about electric vehicles, Hyundai is looking into offering a subscription-based option that would include a single monthly price for the vehicle, maintenance and insurance.

 
The crossover is the first of several electrics Hyundai plans to roll out, which also includes the Ioniq 6 midsize sedan and Ioniq 7 SUV, amid a more ambitious plan by its parent to pump $7.4 billion into electrics in the U.S. market.  

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