Hyundai Motor said it would introduce its second pure electric vehicle next year based on a small sports utility vehicle made by its affiliate Kia Motors. Last week Hyundai unveiled its first pure electric car, BlueOn, which is based on the i10 hatchback.
“We plan to produce 2,000 electric vehicles based on Kia's upcoming cross utility vehicles (CUVs), and 500 BlueOns by 2012,” Hong John-hee, director of Hyundai Motor's Electric Vehicle Development Group, said.
The Korean company wants to sell these vehicles to the government organisations in Korea by 2012.
Hyundai will start commercial sales of the electric vehicles in 2013, but which models will be sold in which markets has not been decided.
“There is a high possibility that the CUV model will be sold to the general customers starting in 2013,” the spokesperson said.
Hong said Kia plans to launcha gasoline-based CUV in September 2011, and Hyundai will launch an electric-version of the model in December that year.
The CUV-based electric vehicle can run 130 kilometers on a single charge, Hong said. The BlueOn can travel 140 kilometers on one charge.