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Hyundai keeps car culture alive with its ‘Rolling Labs’, the first electric vehicle to be released in 2023

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Hyundai has launched two performance-oriented electric vehicle concepts, called “rolling labs”, as reported by The Verge. Both concepts come from Hyundai’s “N” sub-brand which focuses on high-performance vehicles.

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Hyundai Rolling Labs

Of the two, the N Vision 74 is the most striking with a design that draws elements from the 2025 Hyundai N Vision Gran Truism and the 1974 Pony Coupe concept.

The difference here is that instead of a petrol engine, it uses a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid system which can push the car to over 260 km/h. They also come with a 62.4kWh battery with 800V fast charging capabilities and a range of over 372 miles.

The RN22e, on the other hand, is sleek and uses the same streamlined aerodynamic design as the recently introduced Ioniq 6.

The RN22e has a 77.4 kWh battery with 400 or 800 V fast multi-charging capability and a top speed of over 250 km/h. Also, it has an N Sound Plus feature that can generate fake engine sounds when you are driving.

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Not a first for Hyundai

This isn’t the car brand’s first attempt at creating a Pony-inspired electric vehicle. In 2019, the automaker introduced a 45 EV concept meant to pay homage to the classic car. Later, they transformed a 70s Pony sedan into an electric vehicle with retro and modern elements.

It’s uncertain whether the rolling labs will materialize, but one thing is certain, Hyundai N will launch its first electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 N in 2023.

Hyundai Ioniq 5N

Even though there aren’t enough details about the Ioniq 5 N, it may share similarities with the RN22e concept, as CNET reports. The Ioniq 5 N can also share the same powertrain specs as the RN22e with dual-clutch torque vectoring, yaw-controlling regenerative brakes, and specially designed exterior and interior noises. You can watch the video here.

There were also spy photos which give an idea of ​​what to expect. It features wider fender flares that cover larger wheels, additional front air intakes, a larger rear spoiler and diffuser, deeper side skirts, and more. It’s also possible it will come with the N brand’s signature baby blue print.

The interior is likely to have tougher bucket seats, a sportier steering wheel and suede trim.

Expect a starting price of around $60,000 for the Ioniq 5 N. Its production could be followed by a production version of the RN22e in a year or two.

The rise of electric vehicles is here, and Hyundai seems to be keeping pace. Are you excited to see the automaker’s new electric vehicles?

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