Hyundai Presents the New EV Platform for Their Future Vehicles

Hyundai is surely not new to building electric vehicles, producing the Soul EV since 2014, not to mention the Kona EV, the “relentlessly sensible” Niro EV, and the upcoming Ioniq brand of electric vehicles. However, all the models Hyundai and Kia have produced to this date have been adapted from already existing platforms and designed for internal combustion engines. Now, they have made a truly original electric vehicle from the ground up.

Hyundai Presents EV Platform
Hyundai Presents the New EV Platform for Their Future Vehicles

The New Hyundai “E-GMP”

During a live-streamed press conference, executives from both HMG revealed a dedicated, new EV platform dubbed, “E-GMP.” The name can be a mouthful, but this platform is poised to become the basis of 23 EV models. 11 of them are dedicated to electrics — including the upcoming Ioniq 5, 6, and 7. HMG is expecting to sell over a million units worldwide by the middle of the decade.

Building eclectic vehicles on a platform designed specifically for this offers a number of great benefits over trying a shoehorn electric motors and a battery pack into a vehicle made with an internal combustion engine. Designers have far more room for creativity in how they lay out both the interior space and the vehicle overall, for example. Because they are not trying to evolve a new kind of vehicle of an outdated version, Hyundai can better optimize the performance and the safety measures and range to the specific driving conditions that an EV offers.

More About the New “E-GMP”

The New Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai Presents the New EV Platform for Their Future Vehicles

The executives of the company were also careful to emphasize the standardized and modular nature of the E-GMP platform. It should help not only reduce the complexity of building the vehicles but also allow the companies to build a wider variety of styles – from more sedate wagons, sedans, CUVs, and SUVs to souped-up cars capable of doing zero to 60mph in less than 3.5 seconds.

Hyundai’s E-GMP itself is laid out much like other EV platforms. It has a battery pack slung low to improve the center of gravity. In return, it offers great cornering performance but with a number of novel features. They include the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA) that combines wheel bearings with the driveshaft to transmit power to the wheels.

HMG plans to roll out the first E-GMP-derived vehicles in 2021 with the release of the Ioniq 5. Pricing and availability are still unannounced.

Why the Handshake Emoji Doesn’t Support Different Skin Tones

Emojis were originally invented to allow people to say more in a character-limited message format. Since then, the emoji culture took off and continued expanding throughout the years. Emojis help to add a tone to the messages, ensuring better understanding. Several emojis received a skin tone modifier in 2015, but many, including the handshake, still don’t support it.

3D Handshake Emoji
Why the Handshake Emoji Doesn’t Support Different Skin Tones

First Skin Tone Modifiers

The Unicode consortium introduced the skin tone modifier in 2015. Although it started with just a handful of emojis, the movement continued and spread to many more emojis ever since, including a number of hand gestures. Redditors have wondered and discussed for a long time why the handshake wasn’t one of them. Jeremy Burge, an emoji historian and founder of Emojipedia, set out to find out why some emojis remain excluded from the modifier.

Face emoji varieties
Why the Handshake Emoji Doesn’t Support Different Skin Tones

Some Emoji Types Don’t Have Multiple Skin Tones

As it turns out, it’s not only the handshake that doesn’t feature multiple skin tones. The same goes for nearly any emoji featuring more than one person. These are family emojis, couples, wrestlers, people with bunny ears, and other multi-person groupings. The reason behind this is technical. New code points are needed for each hand or featured person to support mixed skin tones. This means that the coding would take a long time, a lot of work, and would have to support thousands of variations.

Black family emojis
Why the Handshake Emoji Doesn’t Support Different Skin Tones

What the Future Holds for Emojis

There are plans for future releases to expand mixed skin tones to many two-person emojis and the handshake emoji. Users can likely expect these new emojis to be available in 2021 or 2022. However, Unicode has expressed the preference to leave the family emoji and all its variants as they are. This is because over 7000 variations would be needed to encompass the skin tones for each of the family members. Such an expansion seems difficult to implement and impractical to many vendors.