Hyundai IONIQ Electric Shares A Platform With Other More Conventional IONIQ Versions
You would've thought this collaborative effort had begun long ago.
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Just recently, at the Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai/Kia announced that joint development of a dedicated electric vehicle platform was underway.
The two automakers basically operate as one, though each puts their own individual touches on vehicles, so it makes sense to pair up on electric cars too.
Automotive News report
"Hyundai/Kia have begun work on a dedicated electric vehicle platform that will allow both automakers to one-up the competition."
"Hyundai Motor is developing its first dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles, preparing a major push into the growing segment by offering multiple models with longer driving ranges."
Lee Ki-sang, a senior vice president at Hyundai Motor, stated that the vehicle will be either subcompact or compact and that it will go at least 186 miles on a charge. The platform will be done sometime next year, with the vehicles from each automaker to follow some undisclosed time after that.
Beyond that, Ki-sang says we should expect to see both automakers present electric SUVs.
Source: Automotive News