Hyundai’s electric lineup is about to become stronger if a report concerning an entirely new EV being added in the not-so-distant future (like, in 2021) turns out to be true.
According to BusinessKorea, unlike the Kona Electric, which is based on the ICE-model’s architecture, the new EV will be built on a dedicated platform, said to have been named the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).
The report claims that the yet-to-be-confirmed electric vehicle is known internally as the NE and it should be a compact SUV, slotting above the Kona Electric. We’ll take the next information with the proverbial pinch of salt, as it refers to a 450 km (280-mile) driving range. The battery supplier has yet to be selected, so the number is probably an unofficial target, although one that places it above the Kona’s EPA-estimated 415 km (258 miles).
While the zero-emission, compact SUV from Hyundai is only a rumor for now, the carmaker has already teamed up with Rimac Automobili to come up with an N midship sports car. The announcement was made last month and is part of Hyundai’s preparations for an all-electric future.
Note: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric pictured in the Gallery