Genesis Electric G80 brings green luxury to business travel, with a solar roof
Australians love to travel, whether for vacation or business. Business trips before Covid-19 were quite common. Many companies offer airport transfer or chauffeur services to get their employees from the airport to their next destination.
When the cars were made in Australia, it was the Holden Statesman or a Ford Falcon Fairmont Ghia that did most of this work. Almost all taxi and professional airport transfer services had them.
This has all changed now as we no longer manufacture cars in Australia, so many have been replaced by older BMW 5 or 7 series diesels as well as used Mercedes Benz GL class diesel SUVs.
To help decarbonize transport and reduce our impact on the environment, every trip we take in an older diesel vehicle counts. Traditionally, there were not too many options on the market for business travel customers to have zero-emission transfers from the airport and back.
Now, however, there’s an option – enter Genesis with their all-new G80 Electrified. I was able to spend a week with it and after that I really feel like it’s a bit of a game changer for the business transfer industry – doing everything with zero emissions.
Style, comfort and green travel everywhere
Genesis is one of the newer luxury car brands in Australia, but being so new they have quietly introduced a few new models. Including 2 electric including the G80, a luxury sedan.
The first thing I noticed was how stylish it looked. It’s definitely a head turner and travelers won’t miss it. At over 5 meters long, this $150,000+ luxury electric vehicle stands out for its sheer size alone. It is even longer than the Model S.
Given the size of this electric vehicle, it is an extremely comfortable ride, not only for business customers and passengers, but also for drivers. Think of the driver’s seat as the driver’s desk, because that’s precisely what it is.
The seats have heating, cooling and massage functionality and when it notices that the driver needs a bit of a boost, it starts massaging the back. This helps reduce driving fatigue and makes journeys safer for everyone.
The level of comfort and convenience offered on this electric vehicle is nothing like other electric vehicles I have driven. It’s as if the engineers at Genesis have their end customers in mind all the time.
Features such as self-closing doors were quite unique. Basically, when you close the door and if it’s not fully closed, the G80 Electrified will just suck them in to gently close them.
The rear seats are also a very pleasant place to sit for most ideal traveling customers. Each seat has its own table/screen that rear passengers can use to view mapping location and other important information, including live camera feeds from those many cameras. They can also control the volume of the audio system from the rear armrest.
The next level of cleaner transport: the solar roof
One of the greenest features I’ve come across in any electric vehicle is what the G80 offers unobtrusively. It has a solar roof! It works and produces green electricity on the go.
It is very unique and can be seen on the loading screen with a panel above the 3D looking Genisis G80.
The solar roof is ideal in Australia as we are blessed with lots of sunshine. It also helps promote what Genesis is really thinking about with this electric vehicle for its customers: cleaner, greener and more luxurious transportation.
Hidden charging port and fast charging
Another unique feature of the Genesis is its hidden charging port. It is quite well hidden in the front grille. You don’t know it’s there until you need to use it, which airport transfer customers and chauffeurs will use quite a bit in this line of business.
Once at a fast charger, the port can be opened.
The 87.2 kWh on-board battery can be changed from 10% to 80% in 22% to an ultra-fast charger.
I tried fast charging on a Tritium fast charger and was able to go from 12% to 41% in 10 minutes.
It was the 350kW Tritium Charger in Melbourne which looked a bit old and run down which was the main limiting factor as the max power I received was 175kW.
That said, 30 minutes should have been enough to reach 80% even with this charger. A full battery can provide 520km of WLTP range, but in the real world with highway trips that many of these EVs will do, 400+km is a more realistic range.
On the consumption side, I obtained between 18 kWh/100km and 20 kWh/100km. Not too bad considering the size of this luxury sedan.
The 30 minutes at 80% load is ideal for drivers and can be done during their lunch break or between jobs. Many fast chargers like the one in Melbourne where I stopped are close to toilets and amenities that would be welcome in this electrified office on wheels.
The future of business and luxury road travel
Decarbonising transport in Australia will be a key part of reducing our overall emissions. This includes all travel we take, including business travel.
The Genesis G80 Electrified is one of the few electric vehicles designed to deliver all of the above while ensuring the driver industry’s transition to greener vehicles.
We no longer make the Holden Statesman or the Ford Falcon Fairmont Ghias that were common for these trips. Rather than switching to luxury diesel-powered vehicles for this industry, we need to consider greener options for our environment and reduce diesel fumes in our air.
It may not be so important today for companies, but in the coming years, it will be essential to comply with the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies and shareholder expectations for ensure that all employees reduce their carbon footprint.
The Genesis G80 Electrified may be one of those options to help cut those luxury emissions on roads and transfers.
Rice is the founder of Melbourne-based carloop. He is a mechanical engineer who worked across Australia building infrastructure for the first 7 years of his career before starting carloop. He is passionate about cars, especially electric vehicles, and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.