Hyundai and Kia electrify crossovers Tucson, Santa Fe, Sorento in 2020January 3, 2020
Three South Korean crossovers will receive plug-in hybrid powertrains as part of a plan to electrify lineups of South Korean brands.
Hyundai and Kia are stepping up their efforts to electrify their cars, planning to have 13 hybrid models (REEV), 6 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, as well as 23 models with all-electric power plants and two fuel cell vehicles on sale in each model line. (working on hydrogen – approx. ed.) by the middle of this decade. The newly developed platform, designed to create electric vehicles on its basis, will be presented in 2024, it was then that the first car with zero emissions will be released, which will be based on it.
It is reported that before that – in 2021, the South Korean group Hyundai and Kia plans to introduce their first electric car.
Meanwhile, 2020 will be the year when the most important crossovers of the two brands are “electrified”, since Hyundai will present hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the next generation of Santa Fe and Tucson. As for Kia, they plan to introduce an updated Sorento with both types of hybrid powertrains.
In addition to electrifying their lineups in the coming years, Hyundai and Kia will pay particular attention to the development of autonomous driving technologies. This is what the joint venture of South Korean automakers and the American company Aptiv does. The goal is to commercialize the technology as early as 2023, and in the near future it is planned to sell cars equipped with autopilots of levels 4 and 5. Hyundai and Kia plan to invest a whopping $ 87 billion by 2025.
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