There are no hard dates yet on when we can expect to see the electric car model teased at by Hyundai several times in the press recently. The EV model is supposed to come from the Korean carmaker’s new luxury brand, Genesis.
Hyundai brought in Manfred Fitzgerald from Lamborghini to head up the luxury car brand. As Senior Vice President for the Genesis brand, Fitzgerald confirmed, “We will definitely go as Genesis brand down the road of alternative propulsions and it is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map.” At the Busan Motor Show on South Korea he commented further, “I think full electric cars will be the future in the auto industry.”
The Hyundai Green Models You Can Test Drive Soon
You don’t have to wait long to test drive a Hyundai Genesis G80. The luxury car is slated for a 2017 release and is an update on the Genesis. It will be offered with a diesel engine, as well, in select markets. The G90 and G70 models can also be taken for a spin as the larger and smaller (respectively) alternate sedans.
Beyond this, the race is on to excel in green car options. Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski revealed Genesis will soon offer plug-in hybrids, then hydrogen fuel-cell models. The Korean carmaker will also continue releasing electric and hybrid through their Kia brand, along with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell crossover.
A first for Hyundai and all car manufacturers is the Ioniq—Hyundai’s vehicle that will offer three powertrains: battery-electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain—is also looming on the horizon in 2017. This will be followed in 2018 by an all-electric SUV with a reported 200-mile range.
Hyundai joins the ranks of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volvo and Lexus, who all have plug-in hybrids and battery-electric models in development.
You can try out the latest Hyundai models on the lot when you visit your local AutoNation Hyundai dealer today.