Hyundai Motor Group's cumulative sales of green vehicles in the United States (US) surpassed the 500,000 mark in February, 11 years after they entered the country's market.
Quoted by Yonhap, Monday, Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp. sold a combined 15,218 green vehicles in the US last month, bringing their cumulative sales to 508,599 units.
Last year alone, combined sales of green vehicles by Hyundai Motor and Kia jumped 183.5 percent to 110,634 units, thanks to the launch of new models, including the all-electric model IONIQ 5.
Hyundai Motor Group's US sales of green vehicles reached 13,491 units in 2011, then jumped to 55,681 units in 2017.
This figure continued to decline in 2018 and 2019 before falling to 39,024 units in 2020 amid the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hyundai Motor and Kia started selling electric vehicles in America in 2014, and Hyundai Motor, the group's main affiliate, debuted the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell model in 2018. So far the Nexo has sold 966 units in the US.
The best-selling models were the Hyundai Sonata hybrid with 147,661 units, followed by the Kia Niro hybrid with 112,568 units, and the Hyundai IONIQ hybrid with 76,134 units.
Hyundai Motor Group expects sales of their environmentally friendly cars in the US to increase rapidly this year. In the first two months of this year alone, sales of green vehicles reached 26,009 units, accounting for 13.1 percent of total US sales.