Hyundai intends to invest in launching electric vehicles in India by 2028, showcasing its commitment to sustainable energy in a country with some of the world's most polluted cities.
Hyundai Motor the South Korean company, has begun building a tiny electric car for India in the future, despite the company's focus on delivering more high-end models to the nation this year, according to a company executive who spoke to Reuters on Thursday.
According to a report, Tarun Garg, director of sales, marketing, and service for Hyundai India, stated that many departments are working on topics such as the charging environment, sales network, production, and the type of assembly process the manufacturer should have.
"We need to look at as much localization as possible," Garg added, referring to sourcing and manufacturing components locally to keep prices down and make the automobiles inexpensive.
While Garg did not say when the company's small electric vehicle (EV) will be launched in India, he did say that the timing must be appropriate "so we can introduce it at the right pricing." The ecosystem should be ready," he continued, "and we should have adequate charging."
The small electric car is part of Hyundai's larger ambition to invest 40 billion rupees ($512 million) in India by 2028 to debut six electric vehicles, promoting clean driving in a country with some of the world's most polluted cities.
EVs account for less than 1% of total automobile sales in India, but the government wants to increase that to 30% by 2030 to cut pollution and fuel imports.
Hyundai will offer premium vehicles beginning with its Ioniq 5 electric crossover this year and steadily go down the price chain until its little EV reaches the roads, according to Garg. In the United States, the Ioniq 5, which has a range of around 480 kilometres, starts at around $44,000.
"We took a bottoms-up approach when it came to automobiles with internal combustion engines. We're experimenting with a top-down strategy in electric "He went on to say that a wide charging network and cheaper battery prices are required for mass-market EVs to thrive.