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According to Hyundai and Kia plans to expand its ecofriendly cars line-up revealed few weaks ago, both brands will have an Hybrid model in practically every segment, from compacts to SUVs.

Latest reports from the industry said that Hyundai WIA (a member of the Hyundai Motor Group and the 2nd biggest automotive parts manufacturer in South Korea) will start mass production of the electric drive module for SUV early next year.

This technology will be named as “e-4WD” and it will be mounted on the rear wheel of the SUVs. The system will transmits the power to the rear wheels only, while the petrol engine will move the front wheels.

A regenerative braking system to charge the battery with the energy generated at the time of deceleration will be mounted. Recently Hyundai Wia was started the final stage of the e-4WD system development scheduled for next year’s production.

The system may be mounted on the Hyundai Motor’s main SUV, the Santa Fe and after that on the latest generation Kia Sorento launched few days ago at the LA AutoShow. The e-4WD system can be selectively controlled from the interior.

A Hyundai source said, “The company will focus its energy on the hybrid market because it’s thought to have greater potential than the electric vehicle market where you have to build recharging stations and other infrastructure.”

That’s why Hyundai & Kia will expand its hybrid line-up starting with the new generation Sonata Hybrid to be launched in December.

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Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Kia & Hyundai. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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