As part of its challenge of becoming No. 2 in green car sales by 2020, Hyundai will be rolling out an all-electric SUV by 2018.
According to Korean news coverage, the electric SUV will have a range of 200 miles per charge. It will be competing directly with the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and the second-generation Nissan Leaf.
The platform for the new SUV is expected to be separate from that used in the Ioniq, a sedan that will go on sale in the U.S. later this year. The Ioniq – its name being a merger of ion and unique – will be the auto industry’s first-ever model available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric iterations.
It’s likely that Hyundai will later offer the electric SUV with a larger battery pack and longer range – up to 300 miles. For now, competing in the 200 mile range will be enough.
The electric SUV is expected to have something in common with the Ioniq. The Ioniq platform is shared by Hyundai’s sister brand Kia in the Niro utility vehicle. The upcoming all-electric SUV architecture will likely be the platform for an upcoming Kia electric SUV.