Hyundai will release 23 electric vehicles by the year 2025. And, the Korean automaker is keen to ensure the cars remain both customizable and fun, in addition to eco-friendly.
Accordingly, Hyundai has developed a new smartphone app that allows users to customize seven of their EV’s performance figures. It calls this “smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology.”
Through the app, drivers can modify maximum torque output, acceleration and deceleration pedal responsiveness, regenerative braking robustness, top vehicle speed, and climate control energy consumption. The most useful of these is probably regenerative braking settings. Regenerative braking allows the car the recoup energy by slowing itself with the electric motor functioning as a generator. More aggressive “regen” allows for one-pedal driving and reclaims the most energy, a less aggressive setting allows the car to feel like a typical gasoline car, which requires the use of friction brakes to slow.
In addition to allowing owners to fiddle with their car digitally, Hyundai will also let them share their settings with other drivers online. More than just see what vehicle adjustments other owners are running, app users can download vehicle settings both from other EV drivers as well as from Hyundai itself. The brand will have pre-adjusted vehicle settings for various driving and road conditions, including urban streets, country roads, and mountain ranges.
The automaker is quick to say that blockchain technology will be used to secure users’ data.
The app can also make recommendations to alter driving settings based upon navigation destination data, which will allow drivers to make the most of the vehicle’s remaining charge. For example, it could recommend reducing torque output, throttle response, and climate control in order to eke out the most energy from the batteries.
This adjustable driving performance isn’t just for making the car more efficient, however. It’s also intended to allow for drivers to improve sportiness of the vehicle, too. And that’s good, because EVs can’t just be seen as eco-machines. They have to be fun, too.
So why can drivers literally throttle up and down EV settings and not internal combustion engined vehicles? It’s expressly because upping power output, for example, doesn’t affect the carbon output of the vehicle — at least not directly.
This advanced EV app won’t be relegated to Hyundai vehicles. It will eventually be shared with Kia vehicles, too. However, no timeline was given for its implementation.