Seoul/South Korea: South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Co. India has launched its first electric sedan car Ioniq 6. It is being said that with this launch, the manufacturer wants to strengthen its hold in the electric vehicle segment so that it can compete with a company like Tesla. Let us tell you that Hyundai had released a teaser of this car a few days ago, in which the Ionic 6 was called ‘Electrified Streamliner’.
The Ioniq 6 has been brought as part of Hyundai’s much bigger electric plan. The Ioniq 6 is one of over 31 electric models that Hyundai Motor Group is planning to introduce by 2030. The group includes Hyundai Motor, its subsidiary Kia Corp and premium brand Genesis. Let us tell you that upon completion of this plan, Hyundai will become a partner of an estimated 12 percent of the global EV market.
The South Korean automaker unveiled the Ioniq 6 Wednesday night as an electrified streamliner, a nod to its aerodynamic design that Americans may know best through the design of an Airstream trailer. It’s a major shift in styling from the well-received Ioniq 5 EV, which went on sale earlier this year.
Will give direct competition to Tesla cars
This new electric sedan car from Hyundai has been brought directly to compete with Tesla’s electric cars. According to industry tracker SNE Research, the world’s largest auto market, excluding China, is held by Hyundai and Kia. Together these two companies took 13.5 per cent stake globally during January to May this year.
At the same time, their share is 22 percent at present. With this tremendous sales growth, it has moved to second place after Tesla, which is expected to soon become the EV company to challenge Tesla.
Hyundai has offered this electric sedan with two battery pack options, with the first being a 53-kWh per hour (kWh) battery pack, while the second pack will come with 77.4 kWh. The automaker will start production at its plant in South Korea later this year. However, the company has not yet disclosed its prices and it is estimated that its prices will be presented by the end of this year.
Ioniq 5 has been launched in India just a while back. It has been brought in 2WD model and AWD variants. The 2WD model comes with a rear axle-mounted electric motor, which is capable of producing 217hp of power and 350Nm of peak torque. At the same time, the AWD variant comes with two electric motors. Both these motors are powered by an XL, which generates 305hp power and 605Nm torque.