Genesis has announced that it will begin to deliver its first U.S.-assembled electric vehicle, the GV70 Electrified.
By far, the biggest hurdle currently facing the Hyundai/Kia conglomerate is the challenge of federal EV incentives in the United States. Being an automaker that doesn’t have an EV manufacturing presence in North America has meant that its EVs have been ineligible for federal incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act. Now, that is changing rapidly as the automaker is working establish production centers in the U.S., and now its first U.S.-made EV is hitting showrooms across the country.
According to Genesis, the U.S.-made GV70 electric SUV is now available at showrooms in 15 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The electric Genesis SUV starts at $65,850.
Genesis did not specify if the vehicle now qualifies for federal EV incentives but could peaceably do so, thanks to its domestic assembly at the Montgomery, Alabama, Hyundai plant. Looking to the IRS website, the government agency does not list the EV as qualifying for incentives. However, it does note that Hyundai has “entered into a written agreement with [the IRS] to become a ‘qualified manufacturer’ but hasn’t yet submitted a list of specific makes and models that are eligible.”
Genesis was not immediately available for comment to Teslarati regarding if the vehicle would qualify for tax incentives.
The Genesis GV70 Electrified is one of the luxury brand’s most advanced EVs and was likely chosen to be the company’s EV frontrunner for U.S. assembly due to its technical capability and popular body style.
Based on Genesis’ most advanced EV platform, the GV70 is based on an 800-volt architecture and hence benefits from increased efficiency and some of the fastest charging on the market. The GV70 comes with a 77.4kWh battery capable of 236 miles of range and charges from 0-80% in just 18 minutes. And with up to 429 horsepower from a dual motor all-wheel-drive platform, it is no slouch either.
As Genesis works toward producing more of its vehicles in the United States, making it a far more price-competitive brand overall, vehicles like the GV70 will likely only become ever more enticing to consumers, many of whom are looking to get their first EVs in the coming years. Hopefully, this can help grow EV acceptance in the United States overall.
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