Electric vehicles continue to make headlines as Hyundai Motor North America has announced ambitious plans to expand its offering even further. They plan on adding 10 electrified, eco-friendly vehicles to its production line by the end of 2022.
While seven of these will be SUVs, the entire range includes a mix of hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. Some will be improvements on current vehicles but there are also brand new entries such as the new all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 midsize SUV.
“We’re not only developing the vehicles our customers need now, [but] we’re also envisioning smart mobility solutions for pressing environmental and transportation needs of the future. Ultimately, this full spectrum of new technologies will promote a planet-friendly, zero-emission ecosystem as part of our ‘Progress for Humanity’ global vision,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president of Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America.
Hyundai Hybrid And Electric Vehicles
According to a Hyundai official, there are even more electrified offerings in development. They are looking at ways to further the brand using either hybrid or all-electric drivetrains for future products. These will be sold through the car maker’s new N high-performance line. Along with the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV, they are also adding the Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan to the 2022 list and a third Ioniq model which will probably be launched closer to 2025.
Other cars on the 2022 launch list are four conventional hybrids and include versions of the following:
- Midsize Hyundai Santa Fe
- Compact Hyundai Tucson SUV
- Compact Hyundai Elantra
- Midsize Sonata sedans
They are also planning on offering a plug-in hybrid variant of the Hyundai Tucson which will also be the most powerful and fuel-efficient option. The Santa Fe lineup will also get a PHEV while the compact Hyundai Kona SUV will be available in petrol, diesel and electric alternatives.
Electric Motors And Smart Mobility
Electric motors can add a tremendous boost in performance to a combustion engine vehicle as they develop maximum power, or torque, at low engine speeds. On the contrary, combustion engines usually reach peak power between 2,000 – 3,000 rpm and even turbochargers have some lag. For that reason, an electric motor can provide additional power and better fuel efficiency while giving it a sportier feel.
While Hyundai is developing vehicles for its customers, they also have their eyes on the future. As Olabisi Boyle, said in a statement, “envisioning smart mobility solutions for pressing environmental and transportation needs of the future”. This is all part of their global vision, “Progress for Humanity”.
The world is changing and so is the need for, and reliance on fossil fuels. Considering the increasingly stringent emissions and fuel economy mandates around the world, it’s no surprise that most car manufacturers are investing heavily in developing new powertrain technologies.
Everyone has their own approach and judging from this announcement, Hyundai seems set on introducing a wider mix of options. This includes hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles which will more than likely follow in the tracks of the Nexo model they introduced two years ago.
Until then, Hyundai is largely focusing its electrification plans on increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. The program is still in an early stage and there’s no confirmation of the approach Hyundai will take.
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