Hyundai, Kia to Introduce New Compact EVs by 2015

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At the ‘Green Car Symposium’ hosted by the Korea Automobile Journalist Association (KAJA), Hyundai Motor Group presented ‘Hyundai’s Green Car Global Leading Strategy,” under which both it and Kia will introduce small electric vehicles in the second half of 2015 and in the first half of 2014 respectively.
Last year, Hyundai unveiled its first highway legal full speed electric vehicle design, called BlueOn. This compact electric car is based on the Korean automaker’s i10 hatchback design and is capable and has a range of about 87 miles (140 kilometers).

Kia also has an electric car called TAM, which will be launched later this year. The automaker expects to produce a total of over 2,000 units by the end of next year.

“Hyundai has been focusing on small-sized electric models, considering limited battery technologies and its high cost. However, as the world’s eco-friendly car market enters a mature phase and battery technology improves, compact-size electric vehicle models are expected to be mainstream,”
the automaker says.
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