Hyundai IONIQ 5 comes with solar panels that occupy most of the area of the roof and act as a complementary source for charging the vehicle. (Hyundai)

Hyundai recently announced the launch of its latest electric vehicle — the IONIQ 5.

This fully electric, mid-sized crossover SUV comes in a standard or upgraded version, both of which feature an array of high-class technological features.

The IONIQ 5 boasts large 20-inch wheels, a clamshell hood, pixel front lights elevated above a V-shaped chrome panel, and dot matrix backlights. Despite its flashiness, the vehicles’ most salient and exciting feature is the rooftop solar panels, which take up the bulk of its overhead space.

Hyundai says the solar panels are meant to be a complimentary charging source. That the average driver would get 2,000 free km annually from the vehicles’ panels. This breaks down into 5-6 extra kilometres per day.

The solar panels are only available in the upgraded model, which unfortunately doesn’t have a listed price available yet.

Another neat feature of the IONIQ 5 is its ability to backward charge personal tech devices, including e-scooters, e-bikes, and laptops. This feature will work as long as the vehicles’ battery is above 15%; once it falls below this threshold, the car will automatically turn off backward charging to preserve the remaining battery power.

Both the standard and upgraded versions of the IONIQ 5 come with a 58 kWh battery option, which offers a range of 200km in a single charge, or a 72.6 kWh battery option, which provides an astounding 500km range.

Keeping with the theme of technological innovation, the IONIQ 5’s battery supports fast charging. Up to 100km worth of electricity can be charged in just five minutes, provided a 350kw charger is used.

Right now, these aren’t ubiquitous, meaning it’s not the most practical feature, but this remains cutting-edge technology nonetheless.

Hyundai has done something pretty incredible with the IONIQ 5, and they’re sure to be attracting attention from electric vehicle rivals like Tesla and GM.

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