Hyundai gets rid of the internal combustion engine, hints at an electric model
Hyundai has suggested it could bring an e-car to market, but seems to have closed the door on it with an internal combustion engine.
“I know that I have had a lot of discussions with the Australian markets and I know that there is a great demand for [a ute] And I really respect that. But to start developing the above means [an] Thomas Schemera, executive vice president of product and strategy at Hyundai Motor Group, said.
“In our long-range planning, we have many, many strategic plans. I can say we have a lot going on,” he said, asking about any plans for an electronic product.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet. But I can imagine there is a way to display and arrange such vehicles, for example for Australia or for the United States we [will] make it a reality. “
Mr. Schemera also noted that Hyundai is not developing electric vehicles to necessarily sit in pre-existing segments and is thinking outside the box.
“It’s not all about the business case… It’s about pioneering, trying things out, setting trends… seeing opportunities rather than risks,” he said.
Hyundai currently sells only one vehicle, the Tucson based on Santa Cruz. It is not available in Australia as it is not made in right-hand drive.
Sister brand Kia confirmed earlier this year it develop two utes – “a dedicated electric pickup truck and a strategic vehicle for emerging markets” – launched before 2027.
It says it will produce one of the utes alongside an SUV in the United States from 2024 and mentions that both will be mid-size models. This suggests it will have an electrical counterpart similar to Ford Ranger.
After this announcement, Automotive News reported that one of the utes will be a global body-on-frame model about the same size as the Ranger and possibly equipped with combustion power.
The other is capable of using the E-GMP architecture, which can be stretched to support large vehicles such as the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7 and Kia EV9.
Concept EV9 has dimensions of 2055mm wide, 1790mm high and 4930mm long with a wheelbase of 3100mm. The Seven’s wheelbase is even longer at 3200mm.
While the electric vehicle segment is nascent, most vehicles confirmed or sold are larger than the Ranger.
These include Rivian R1Tas well as even bigger Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EVand often delayed Tesla Cybertruck.
Ram also introduced an electronic one, the 1500 BEV.
The Chinese have been making the biggest strides in what you might call the “standard size” car market.
Geely this week revealed Radar RD6a dedicated electric pickup truck will be the first in a line of electric vehicles and SUVs under the newly formed Radar Auto division.
Although it has yet to confirm the size, it does not appear to be as large as the F-150 Lightning.
SAIC Motor has introduced an electric version of the LDV T60while Nissan’s Dongfeng joint venture in China has Navara– based on electronics called Rich 6 EV.