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Hyundai-Kia wants to be the number two manufacturer of eco-friendly cars by 2020 and they plan to do so by having at least 26 eco-friendly models in their portfolio. This green lineup will consist of at least 12 hybrids, six plug-in hybrids, two EVs, and two hydrogen fuel cell models.

Why number two and not number one?


Because Toyota is currently the title holder and Hyundai doesn’t expect to beat them anytime soon. Last year Hyundai managed to sell 42,900 hybrids and plug-in hybrids and 300 fuel cell-powered cars. Add in Kia’s 18,735 hybrids and 8,450 EVs and they’ll have sold a very respectable 70,385 units in 2015. A drop in the bucket compared to the 1.2 million hybrids and plug-in hybrids Toyota built last year.

So what’s in the lineup so far and what’s coming down the pipeline?

Hyundai’s lineup will include the Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in, Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in, Ioniq Electric, Grandeur Hybrid and a fuel cell version of the Tucson. From Kia, you’ll have the Optima Hybrid, Optima Plug-in, Soul EV, Cadenza hybrid and the upcoming Niro Hybrid. So far that’s 12 models out of the planned 26 and they have another 4 years to come up with another 12 vehicles.

If everything goes according to plan and all 26 models are rolling off the assembly line in 2020, Lee Ki-Sang (Hyundai Motor Group's eco-car powertrain division leader) says the sales target should be four times the current sales volume. So that’s roughly about 300,000 electric vehicles worldwide by 2020.

Only time will tell if Hyundai-Kia will be able to reach their 2020 goals.
 

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One thing i'll be on the look out for is how high end they'll take it and apparently they have plans for a G90 Genesis, something to properly rival the S-Class, and being a flagship model, it should get the best of EV/Hybrid tech.
 

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The 2017 Genesis G90 Sedan is a luxurious car but does it still fall under the Hyundai and Kia brand now that it's branched off into it's own marque?
 

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The 2017 Genesis G90 Sedan is a luxurious car but does it still fall under the Hyundai and Kia brand now that it's branched off into it's own marque?
It's a luxury division of Hyundai now, much to the effect Toyota took back in the 90's when they introduced Lexus. Like Hyundai they too had a (or two?)Luxury sedan which sort of set the stage for them creating Lexus, that model was the Cressida.

Long gone is the Genesis just being 1 sedan and 1 coupe, now its a much bigger deal than that.
 

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Heard Hyundai plans to come out with a 200 mile range electric SUV in 2018 to go up against the Bolt and Tesla's Model 3. That's one more eco model we're now aware of but it won't be using the ioniq platform, maybe something closer to what Kia is using for the Niro.
 

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I wouldn't mind have more ground clearance while still running purely on electric. The'll have to deliver one with at least 200mile range to compete with the Bolt and Tesla while still being affordable.
 
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