Hyundai has given the motoring media an insight into its electric vehicle plans, outlining a range of new electric vehicles planned for the near-future as well as longer-term plan to create a dedicated EV platform to take on the likes of Tesla.
Starting as soon as next year, Hyundai will add an electric version of the upcoming Kona small SUV to line up next to the existing Ioniq EV hatch, and by 2021 will introduce a battery-powered prestige car for its Genesis luxury brand followed by a new electric-only model with at least 500 kilometres of driving range after that.
Hyundai discussed its upcoming sustainability plans as part of a special preview event for the brand’s second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle in Seoul. Known only by its internal “FE” name, the hydrogen-powered SUV will be capable of up to 800 kilometers of driving range per hydrogen fill, and will integrate a range of autonomous driving capabilities.
The yet-to-be-named fuel cell car is set to make its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2018.
According to a statement released by the brand, 31 new eco-friendly models are set tol roll-out across the globe by 2020 across both the Hyundai and Kia brands.
“Hyundai Motor plans to take a multi-pronged approach to its eco-vehicle program,” the statement says.
“The company is committed to a future vehicle line-up comprising a variety of powertrain options – electric, hybrid and fuel cell – to suit customers’ varied lifestyles.”
Hyundai is preparing to introduce new hybrid variants of four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, pointing to new driveline technology for next-generation versions of the Santa Fe and the growing Genesis range.
It aims to “establish a lineup ranging from small [electric vehicles] to large and luxurious Genesis-brand models” rolled out over the next five years.
Despite the official announcement it’s still unclear which models are on the horizon for Australia.
Hybrid-powered models are certainly nothing new for the brand, with Hyundai selling a range of hybrid-powered models overseas without introducing them to Australia. That’s set to change later this year with the introduction of the Prius-rivalling Ioniq hybrid, with the plug-in hybrid version and pure EV Ioniq variants still under evaluation for introduction at a later date.
Hyundai spokesman Bill Thomas says it is too early to discuss which all-electric cars will come to Australia, saying only that “we always evaluate all future models for their feasibility”.