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(2nd LD) Hyundai Motor to invest 60 tln won by 2025 for EV growth

All News 16:42 December 10, 2020

(ATTN: ADDS details and stock price in 15th and last paras)
By Choi Kyong-ae

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it will invest 60.1 trillion won (US$55.5 billion) by 2025 for future mobility to gain a bigger share in the rapidly evolving global automobile markets.

Hyundai Motor said it will strengthen its electrified vehicle lineup to compete with its rivals, such as General Motors Co. and Volkswagen Group, and achieve a market share of 8 to 10 percent of the global electric vehicle (EV) market by 2040.

"Starting in 2030, Hyundai plans to gradually shift its EV lineup forward in key markets, such as Europe, China and the United States, while maintaining internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE) production capacity in emerging markets, such as India and Russia, but which will be limited to less than 50 percent," Albert Biermann, president and head of Hyundai's R&D division, said in this year's CEO Investor Day briefing.

The executive expected sales of electric vehicles to rise further due to tightened regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, particularly in Europe.

"With the European market leading the way, the growth of EVs is expected to accelerate further in the years to come. By 2030, we expect the EV market to take up around 30 percent of the entire automobile market," he said.

This rendering, provided by Hyundai Motor, shows the Ioniq 6 sedan, Ioniq 7 SUV and Ioniq 5 CUV (from L) to be launched under its IONIQ EV brand by 2024. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Yonhap)

To achieve the aim, Hyundai plans to launch the IONIQ 5, the first all-electric model based on its own EV platform called the electric-global modular platform (E-GMP), next year, it said.

The new EV model comes with a battery that enables driving over 500 kilometers on a single charge and ultra-fast charging to 80 percent capacity within 18 minutes.

Hyundai plans to introduce the IONIQ 6 midsize sedan in 2022 and the IONIQ 7 large SUV in 2024. It will begin using alphanumeric names like its bigger rivals, such as BMW, whose models have a Series No. 1-8.

Hyundai's indepedent Genesis brand also plans to launch an all-electric model next year and will evenutally fill its lineup with zero-emission models in the future.

The country's biggest carmaker plans to launch more than 12 E-GMP-based models by 2025, with an aim to sell 560,000 EV models a year, the statement said.

The company has sold environmentally friendly models -- the Ioniq gasoline hybrid, the Ioniq plug-in hybrid and the Ioniq all-electric car -- with the same name of the Ioniq since 2016.

The existing models with the badge of Ioniq will go separately with the IONIQ EV brand lineup, Hyundai said.

Currently, Hyundai sells two all-electric models, the Kona EV and the Ioniq Electric.

The maker of the Sonata sedan and the Palisade SUV also targets winning a market share of more than 5 percent in the world's automobile markets by 2025 and achieving an operating profit margin of 8 percent, up from 4.9 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively, at the end of 2019, it said.

Of the planned 60 trillion won expenditure, the company said it will spend 36.6 trillion won mainly in the existing ICE vehicle manufacturing and the remaining 23.5 trillion won in hydrogen business, electrification and autonomous driving technologies.

In other efforts to morph into a future mobility solutions provider, Hyundai plans to start applying the Level 3 autonomous driving technologies to its models in 2022, while its affiliate Hyundai Mobis Co. continues to cooperate with global companies to develop the Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving automation technology.

A Level 3 car, if fully developed, will allow lane changes and other autonomous driving functions to work without interventions by the driver. At Level 4, a vehicle can drive itself under limited conditions and will not operate if all required conditions are not satisfied. At Level 5, a vehicle's automated driving features can drive under any conditions.

As for the business outlook, Hyundai Motor President Lee Won-hee said the coronavirus outbreak will continue to affect its business results in the fourth quarter and next year.

"The reemergence of COVID-19 (in recent weeks) and the unfriendly foreign-exchange rates (which means the won's strength against the dollar) will increase uncertainties for the company. To ride out the difficulties, the company will make utmost efforts to promote new models in major markets," he said without elaborating.

Hyundai sold 3,369,055 vehicles in the January-November period, down 16 percent from 4,026,075 a year earlier as the pandemic weighed on consumer sentiment.

In the first three quarters that ended in September, Hyundai's net profit plunged 69 percent to 741.1 billion won from 2.41 trillion won a year ago.

On Thursday, Hyundai shares stayed unchanged at 191,500 won, outperforming the broader KOSPI's 0.3 percent loss.

This file photo provided by Hyundai Mobis shows the fully autonomous M.Vision S concept that was to be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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