Hyundai to Launch First BEV in 2016
Hyundai’s Tucson fuel cell vehicle may be short-lived if the automaker’s first foray into BEVs turns out to be successful
Hyundai has announced that it will begin selling its first BEV in 2016 as it “hedges its bets in next-generation green technology,” report Reuters.
Hyundai is South Korea’s fuel-cell leader, but even at that the automaker seems unconvinced that hydrogen is the future. As Hyundai’s senior vice president Lee Ki-sang stated:
“There is no clear direction about which eco-friendly cars will win. We are dividing roles of Hyundai and Kia, with Hyundai launching fuel cell cars and Kia focusing on electric cars.”
“But the time will come when Kia will introduce a fuel-cell car. Hyundai is also preparing to launch a electric car in 2016.”
This seems to imply that Hyundai-Kia has no clue which type of technology will win, but will be prepared with both moving forward.
At least Hyundai isn’t taking the approach of fuel-cell vehicles only. We all know which of the two technologies will rise to the top and Hyundai seems to understand that it needs a BEV to future-proof itself.