- Hyundai will feature 44 electrified cars and trucks worldwide by 2025
- A first dedicated fully electric vehicle will launch in 2021, with 10 more to follow
- Autonomous driving technology set to arrive in 2023.
During a New Year’s ceremony at Hyundai Motor Group’s headquarters in Seoul, Korea, Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung announced the company’s upcoming electrification plans.
As a matter of fact, by the year 2025, the Group will feature 44 electrified models in its product lineup, which includes vehicles from both Hyundai and Kia brands. Among them, 23 will be battery-electric vehicles, and 11 of them will be dedicated EV models—with the first one of the latter bunch to launch in 2021.
In addition, the Korean automaker’s electrified product range will consist of 13 hybrids, six plug-in hybrids and two fuel-cell electric vehicles.
As one of the biggest lobbyists of hydrogen fuel cell systems along with Toyota, Hyundai will add a second FCEV to its lineup by 2025. The Group will also work in collaboration with engine and generator builder Cummins, creating a new generation of fuel cell powertrains.
It’s unclear whether all those 44 announced models will be available in North America, but several of them might be reserved for European or Asian markets. Right now, Hyundai’s Canadian and U.S. lineups consist of two HEVs (Sonata Hybrid, IONIQ), two PHEVs (Sonata plug-in hybrid, IONIQ electric plus), two BEVs (IONIQ electric, Kona EV) and one FCEV (Nexo). Meanwhile, Kia offers the Optima and Niro HEVs and PHEVs in addition to the Soul EV and the Niro EV.
Also announced by Euisun Chung, an autonomous driving system will be implemented in 2023, with the help of U.S.-based company Aptiv. Afterwards, Hyundai Motor Group wants to lead the industry regarding SAE Level 4 and Level 5 technology. That means self-driving vehicles without steering wheels.
Last but not least, Hyundai will launch a new car-sharing service in select major cities from 2020 onwards, starting with Los Angeles, in collaboration with its mobility service company called MoceanLab. Introduced last year in Russia, the Group’s vehicle subscription service will benefit from a wider range of available vehicles.