The year 2020 could become a major turning point for electric vehicles in this country.
Aston Martin, Audi, Ford, GM, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Volkswagen, and Volvo are some of the major automakers with plans to introduce at least one all-electric vehicle by the end of the decade. Newcomers Faraday Future, Apple, and maybe even Dyson (yes, the vacuum company) are rumored to be working on electric vehicles as well.
We’re on the cusp of an electric revolution in the auto world, but the cars won’t replace gasoline-fueled cars until people stop caring about electric range. That’s getting easier to comprehend, as Tesla and GM will both produce affordable EVs with a 200-mile range.
Looks like we can include Hyundai on that list now, too.
Hyundai is prepping a 250-mile electric vehicle for 2020. Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director, eco-vehicle performance development group, revealed the plans to Autoblog today after also confirming a 200-mile EV for 2018. This is above and beyond the Ioniq EV that will launch in the U.S. later this year with 110 miles of range.
We don’t know what Hyundai has up its sleeve for the 250-mile vehicle, but we can assume it’ll be priced to be competitive with offerings from Tesla and Chevrolet.
Hyundai’s plans are ambitious. The Korean automaker wants to have 26 new electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road within four years, including models from Kia.
From Hyundai, models will include the Sonata Hybrid and Sonata plug-in; the Ioniq, which will be available in Hybrid, Plug-in, and Electric versions; the Azera Hybrid, and a fuel-cell powered Tucson. Kia will offer the Optima Hybrid, Optima Plug-in Hybrid, Soul EV, Cadenza Hybrid, and the upcoming Niro Hybrid.
If Hyundai delivers, it will become the second-largest maker of electric vehicles, behind Toyota. The first phase of its plan, the Ioniq, will debut as a 2017 model and be available in electric, plug-in, and hybrid forms while offering plenty of room for passengers and cargo.
The still unnamed 250-mile vehicle is said to be bigger than the Ioniq to accommodate the larger footprint needed for more batteries.
A lot can change in four years and the world of EVs will be vastly different than it is today. One lingering question is how fuel prices will impact automakers’ plans. Even at $3 per gallon, getting people away from gasoline and into all these new EVs won’t be an easy task.
What are the odds that your next new car will be at least partly powered by electricity?