Hyundai is aiming to release an electric car with a 250-mile range by 2020, according to the company’s Director of Eco-Vehicle Performance Development Group Byung Ki Ahn.
The plans were revealed in a recent interview that Ki Ahn gave to Autoblog, where he confirmed that the company would be releasing a 200-mile EV in 2018.
These two approaching electric vehicle (EV) offerings will follow Hyundai’s release of the electric version of the Ioniq later this year. The all-electric version of the Ioniq will possess 110 miles of range, reportedly.
Autoblog provides more on the recent news:
Hyundai already had revealed its plan to offer 26 new green models by 2020, including plug-ins, hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, but there were no specific details about the EVs mentioned there.
The EV world will be quite different in four years, but Hyundai thinks it has a strategy to get its customers prepared for the launch of the three Ioniq models, which include a plug-in hybrid and a standard hybrid, and future EVs. Until now, the company believes, according to Chris Hosford, Hyundai’s corporate communications executive director, the automotive industry has not yet adequately communicated the advantages and differences of plug-in vehicles to customers. As Hyundai prepares to flood the market with green models in the next few years, expect lots of educational materials to come from Hyundai dealerships, as well as commercials. “We know there is a lot of education necessary,” Hosford said.
That’s certainly true. The general public remains woefully ignorant of the many electric vehicle incentives available in the US (and often elsewhere as well). A recent survey even revealed that the vast majority of Californians are apparently unaware of the $7,500 federal tax credit, and also of the state’s own (generous) rebate for EV purchases.