Hyundai will soon begin deliveries of the Ioniq 5, which was unveiled in February, in Norway. Several hundred examples of the 800-volt electric car have already been shipped there. Specifically, it's the special "Project 45" model.
According to the Norwegian Hyundai importer, the first transport ship carrying the South Korean-built electric model has docked at the port of Drammen, and it is said to be "several hundred" Ioniq 5s, so deliveries of the special model will begin "in a short time".
Hyundai unveiled the Ioniq 5 as the first model on the new E-GMP electric platform in February 2021, after which 3,000 examples of the special "Project 45" model could be ordered by customers from France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and, of course, Norway. The fact that the ship with the first vehicles for Europe is docking in Norway not only has to do with the country's international importance for electric mobility, but also simply with demand: according to Hyundai Norway, 42 percent of all "Project 45" - that is, almost 1,300 of the 3,000 vehicles - are going to the Scandinavian country.
A total of 14,000 interested parties have registered for the 800-volt electric vehicle in Norway. It remains to be seen how many of these interested parties actually wanted to order a copy of the special model or put their names on the waiting list for the freely configurable Ioniq 5. The "Project 45" is only available with the large battery and all-wheel drive, but orders for the other drive variants with a small battery and rear-wheel drive have also been possible since the beginning of May. According to Hyundai Motor Europe, 236,000 interested parties had registered in Europe within a week of the launch.