Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to ultimately create a cleaner environment through these eco-friendly vehicles.
While previewing its next generation fuel cell vehicle, Hyundai announced its eco-vehicle development roadmap that entails a multi-pronged approach. This means that Hyundai won't focus its efforts on just one type of eco-friendly vehicle, but will create a lineup that offers various powertrain options like fuel cell, hybrid drive and electric.
Hyundai is pursuing this 2020 plan in response to the growing demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles around the world. As part of this road map, Hyundai will continue pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and will exert more efforts to strengthen its leadership in this area. The South Korean carmaker plans to achieve this by putting more focus on improving r&d works to further boost the performance and durability of FCEVs. Likewise, r&d will focus on making the fuel cell technology smaller and cheaper to allow it to be installed in smaller sedans.
As another part of this roadmap, Hyundai aims to lead the auto industry in the production and introduction of hybrid vehicles, as the carmaker plans to expand its current hybrid lineup to include sports utility vehicles as well as large vehicles. Furthermore, Hyundai seeks to develop four-wheel drive (4WD) and rear wheel drive variants of hybrid vehicles, making use of the brand’s proprietary Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) system.
Likewise, the South Korean carmaker plans to further penetrate the electric vehicle market, where it already competes with the current IONIQ model. In addition, Hyundai will offer a diverse electric vehicle lineup ranging from small EVs to luxurious units under its Genesis. In fact, Hyundai has already outlined the planned release dates for its new electric vehicles.
For instance, Hyundai is planning to launch the EV version of its Kona compact sports utility vehicle in the first half of 2018. The new Kona compact electric SUV will have a range of around 390 km. The South Korean carmaker will then introduce to the market a Genesis luxury EV model in 2021. Then, Hyundai will launch a long-range EV that could travel up to 500 km before needing to recharge.
Furthermore, Hyundai will commence the development of its first architecture that will exclusively underpin pure electric vehicles. This new EV platform is expected to enable Hyundai to produce multiple models that could travel a greater range.