This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the subject in these pages. The pure electric version of the Genesis GV70 could well be assembled at Hyundai’s Alabama plant, even before the end of this year. That’s according to a report from The Korean Car Blog, which even adds that a meeting held with employees at the Korean plant is behind the plans to speed up the arrival of the first EV at the North American plant.
It seems that the very positive reception of the gasoline model is behind the decision to assemble the electric variant in North America. In this regard, it must be said that the unique design of the Korean crossover really stands out from its peers in heavy traffic.
What’s more, more and more new electric models are invading the market, even Genesis, which has already confirmed the arrival of the GV60, a distant cousin of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Genesis will be able to count on two popular SUVs to seduce this clientele that considers electric propulsion as an alternative energy source, instead of going with more expensive vehicles like some car divisions do.
For the moment, nothing has been officially announced, even though Hyundai is well aware of the importance of the North American market, a territory where, it should be remembered, the less stringent standards mean that manufacturers focus mainly on markets where the laws are stricter in this regard, such as Europe or China.
Nevertheless, we’ve been seeing an increase in the number of new electric models in the U.S. and Canada in recent months, a trend that could well force the Hyundai group to increase production rates on this side of the Pacific Ocean.
With the exception of a few visual details, the electric GV70 is identical to its gasoline variant. However, the powertrain is all-electric and delivers 482 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque via its two motors, which are also equipped with the 800V fast-charging technology integrated into the GV60. The GV70’s range is said to be around 400 km, a distance that will have to be made official by the North American calculation method.