Our friends at Shortscar captured a base line Volkswagen ID.3 using Korean test vehicle plates near Hyundai ‘s R&D Center in Namyang and sparked rumors about the launch of compact all-electric vehicle.
Currently various manufacturers are in the seeking of launching an economic all electric vehicle for the masses, like Tesla who plans to launch a compact electric vehicle in 2024 with a starting price of 25.000€. Also Volkswagen already announced that it’s working on its own 25.000€ electric car with the ID.2all prototype.
So after all, it won’t be a surprise to found this model at Hyundai R&D Center. Most car manufacturers buys their competitors cars to reverse engineer them and figure what works for them and possible they can improve on their models. Before the launch of the E-GMP and the first vehicles using it, KIA EV6 and IONIQ 5, Hyundai were working on electrified versions of the Kia CEED and Hyundai i30, but they finally abandoned this project.
What are features you would love to see Hyundai or Kia to “borrow” from its premium brand competitor? What features do you recommend not to be copied? I’ll say one, drum brakes. Meanwhile, it has been a long time since Hyundai Motor Group mentioned plans for a bunch of all-new electric vehicles, including a compact car. Specifically, they plan to launch more than 30 electric vehicles by 2027 combined.