Hyundai Motor to launch electric vehicle with 500km range after 2021
Seoul: Hyundai Motor Co. said on Thursday it will launch a long-range electric vehicle with a driving range of 500km (311 miles) per charge after 2021, seeking to address investor concerns that it is lagging rivals in the green car race.
The automaker and affiliate Kia Motors Corp., which together rank fifth in global vehicle sales, also said they are planning 31 eco-friendly models by 2020, up from a previously flagged 28. The new additions include three plug-in hybrid vehicles, which come on top of eight battery-powered cars and two fuel-cell vehicles.
Battery-powered cars offered by the likes of Tesla are gaining traction faster than fuel cell vehicles backed by Hyundai and Toyota Motor Corp.
Last year, Hyundai launched its first mass-market pure electric car IONIQ, but the vehicle’s per-charge driving range is much shorter than offerings from Tesla and GM.
The automaker said will introduce an electric version of its Kona small sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a driving range of 390km in the first half of next year. It also confirmed a Reuters report that it is developing its first dedicated electric vehicle platform, which will allow the company to produce multiple models with longer driving ranges.
Hyundai unveiled a near production version of its new fuel cell SUV with a driving range of more than 800km per charge under European standards, nearly double the 415km for its current Tucson fuel cell SUV. The mid-sized SUV will be launched in Korea early next year, followed by US and European markets.
A fuel cell electric bus is slated to be unveiled late this year, while a sedan-type fuel cell car is also planned. Reuters