Hyundai is going to offer nothing less than 38 green vehicles across the lineups of both of its brands, Hyundai and Kia. Two Korean car brands evolved through these years from sloppy and cheap cars to highly competitive models that are now in terms of quality equal or even better than many models vehicles from renowned western manufacturers. This company is among the leading ones when it comes to global sales. However, it still lacks in terms of new, green technologies. So, there is a big task in front of company’s engineers.
The company promises 38 completely new electrified vehicles by 2025. This will include primarily all-electric and hybrid powertrains. However, we should not forget that the company has great expectations from its new fuel-cell technology. So, we are going to see a whole bunch of interesting novelties from this manufacturer in next eight years.
Hyundai and Kia prepare complete overhauls of their lineups
This company already has several green models in its lineup, but this should be a complete revolution. Those electrified cars don’t look like a distant future anymore. Moreover, they are much closer than most of us presume. If you follow news about the environment, you probably knew that the next decade will be quite turbulent, when it comes to the car industry. Many countries of the world are working on new regulations about gas emissions. It looks like that car with internal combustion engines will be completely banned in urban areas in next 10-20 years. This means a huge turnaround and massive increase of electric cars. The Korean company is getting ready for these turbulent times.
The new lineup will include 38 green cars from Kia and Hyundai
Although Hyundai is among leading companies in terms of sales, it still lacks in terms of electrification. While Japanese and Western carmakers have electrified cars for years, this manufacturer is still pretty fresh in this segment. First models of this kind came recently, but the company is willing to offer much more. According to the Hyundai’s spokesman, we are about to see 38 completely new green cars in next 8 years. The great thing about this is that many of them will be all-electric. Also, it is important to mention that the company works on new fuel-cell technologies.
The company also relies on fuel-cell technology
Besides all-electric vehicles, the company will offer models with fuel-cell powertrains. The management still believes that their engineers will be able to construct such fuel-cell powertrains, which will be able to consolidate cheap production and excellent characteristics. The first vehicle with this fuel cell technology of new generation is about to come very soon. We should see the first model already next year. The company has already promised amazing 350-400 miles of range. Also, engineers work hard on new electric powertrains. First vehicles of this kind should start to arrive already next year. By 2021, most of the current models from Hyundai and Kia lineup will have their electric versions. This should include the new Genesis luxury brand as well.
Joint venture with FCA is also an option
Another interesting thing about these upcoming vehicles is a potential cooperation with FCA. The Italian-American company also lacks in many aspects of electrifications. So, this possible joint venture will be useful for both companies. However, we didn’t hear any precise details from two companies. The FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said his company was in talks with Hyundai over collaborating in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which the Korean automaker denied. On the other side, Lee Ki-sang, senior vice president and head of Hyundai’s eco-friendly vehicle R&D center, tells a different story. According to him, these discussions on fuel-cell technology are still active and this kind of cooperation is theoretically possible.