“Hyundai Motor Company is taking the first steps to bring electric vehicle production to the United States. We are excited to showcase our team members in producing electric vehicles in Alabama,” said Ernie Kim, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
The Santa Fe Hybrid will go into production alongside the non-hybrid Elantra, Tucson, Santa Cruz and Santa Fe sedans at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA).
Quoted from carscoops.com, Wednesday (13/4/2022) Hyundai will spend 300 million US dollars to prepare the electric vehicle facility and will require an additional 200 workers to produce it.
The expansion will include additional warehouse space, improved assembly processes, and more. The factory will be ready to produce the new model in October 2022.
The Santa Fe Hybrid was introduced in 2021 and is equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine and an electric motor powered by a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Together, they combine to produce 225 hp (168 kW / 228 PS) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque. Hyundai also offers a plug-in hybrid variant, both of which are currently imported from Korea.
Meanwhile, the Genesis Electrified GV70 has two electric motors which combine to produce 482 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque, making it the most powerful model in the SUV lineup.
Offering the same 400V/800V multi-fast charging technology as the smaller GV60, it offers a driving range of 400 km (248 miles) per charge on the Korean test cycle.
The Electrified GV70 will begin arriving at US dealerships next year, while the 2022 Santa Fe Hybrid is already being offered for sale at all US dealerships.