Hyundai only recently revealed its Ioniq green machine that will be available as a plug-in hybrid, standard hybrid, or EV, making it the first car to offer all three electrified powertrains in one body. Now, according to a report from Autoblog, the Korean automaker is already hard at work improving it EV tech to match the likes of the Chevy Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3.
According to the report, Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director of eco-car performance, laid out the brand’s immediate EV plans. In these plans is a 250-mile electric car by 2020—that’s more than two times the range of the 110-mile Ioniq EV due later this year. In the even more immediate future, the Korean automaker is planning to up its EV range to 200 miles by 2018.
This announcement, combined with Hyundai’s existing plan of 26 new green models by 2020, means that we are going to see a massive shift in this segment in the coming years. If Hyundai can actually pull this off, it would become the new leader in all things green, but that’s a big “if.”
We’ll continue to monitor this aggressive plan and bring you updates as they become available. Given the short time between the arrival of the 200-mile EV and now, we should start seeing some mule testing very soon. Stay tuned.