Hyundai Motor Group is to ramp up its push into India with the launch of more electric vehicles as it bids to elbow its way to the front in the world’s third-largest auto market.
The South Korean auto giant and its Kia brand, already India’s second-biggest carmaker by sales, will introduce five EV models by 2032 to add to the two it already sells – the Kona and Ioniq 5 sport utility vehicles (SUVs). It will also grow its charging stations to 439 by 2027.
Kia will start producing small EVs from 2025 and develop EV charging infrastructure as well as double its sales network, aiming to boost its domestic market share to 10% eventually, from 6.7% currently, Hyundai Motor Group said in a statement.
Hyundai has already laid out plans to invest $2.45 billion to beef up EV production in the country, and is bullish on the local appetite for EVs.
“The country is becoming an increasingly important centre for electric vehicle production and sales,” Hyundai said.
It expects EV sales to hit 1 million units by 2030, a massive jump from the 48,105 EVs sold in the country in fiscal 2023, according to government data quoted by an industry body.
That could include Teslas, with the Elon Musk-run company planning to sell locally made EVs, starting at $24,000.
- Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara