Hyundai Plans to Offer 10 Electrified Vehicles by 2022
Hyundai continues to go all-in on electrified powertrains. Earlier this August, Hyundai spun its Ioniq line of electric vehicles into a standalone sub-brand for its future electric vehicles. At the time, Hyundai claimed that it would launch three electric vehicles in the next four years that would fit neatly into the recently formed entity, including a sedan, a large SUV, and a midsize crossover. It looks like the new Ioniq sub-brand is just one part of Hyundai's electrified plans, as the automaker recently announced that those vehicles are just a part of a push to have 10 electrified vehicles on sale by 2022.
Loads of Electrified Options
That's a bunch of models, but Hyundai already has quite a few that it offers already or has just recently introduced. As far as hybrids go, there's the Elantra Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson Hybrid, and Santa Fe Hybrid. Hybrids will be the most widely available electrified vehicles in Hyundai's lineup. There will be two plug-in hybrids available, including the Tucson PHEV and the Santa PHEV. The automaker will continue to offer the Nexo fuel-cell vehicle, too.
When it comes to fully electric vehicles, Hyundai will have three offerings by 2022. There's the Kona EV, which is currently on sale, with two new additions coming in the form of the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6. The Ioniq 5 will be the automaker's all-electric midsize SUV, while the Ioniq 6 appears to be a large sedan.
The Reason For The Switch
One interesting aspect of Hyundai's lineup of electrified vehicles is the absence of Hyundai's current lineup of Ioniq vehicles that include the hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV. Hyundai has confirmed that the vehicles will still be around for the 2022 model year, but they're not listed. We'll have to wait to see if Hyundai chooses to offer these models alongside its other electrified offerings.
Hyundai isn't alone in switching gears to offering more electrified vehicles in the future, but it certainly has one of the more ambitious goals. "We're not only developing the vehicles our customers need now, we're also envisioning smart mobility solutions for pressing environmental and transportation needs of the future," claims the automaker.
The push for more electrified vehicles could also be a reaction to California's decision to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in the state by 2035. While drastic, it's the kind of things states need to do to get a hold on emissions. A few other states are considering following in California's footsteps, which would all but force automakers into reconfiguring their lineups to be comprised of electrified vehicles.
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