Hyundai has revealed a new EV platform which will underpin its next-generation of electric vehicles.

Called E-GMP, the platform will spawn electric vehicles capable of delivering up to 310 miles of range on a single charge and which will be able to be charged up to 80 per cent in as little as 18 minutes.

In addition, high-performance models based on the new platform will hit 60mph from a standstill in under 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 161mph.

Albert Biermann, president and head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group, said: “Today our front-wheel driven Hyundai and Kia BEVs are already among the most efficient ones in their segments.

“With our rear-wheel driven based E-GMP, we are extending our technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.”

The new platform has been designed exclusively for electric vehicles and brings added benefits over adapting an existing platform. These include better driving performance, increased range and more interior space for occupants and luggage. Safety levels are bolstered, too.

It will utilise a five-link suspension system for a better ride, while a lower centre of gravity is achieved thanks to the fitment of the batteries lower down in the car. The electric motor used is smaller than others yet can deliver the same amount of performance, helping to save weight and improve overall packaging. It sends power to the rear wheels, too, though other models will be able to be fitted with an additional motor which would turn the car into an all-wheel-drive variant.

The new platform is part of Hyundai’s plans to introduce a total of 23 electric models and sell more than one million EVs worldwide by 2025.