Hyundai plans to offer only fully electric cars in Europe from 2035. In Norway, it has already taken that step. It is not surprising that this is exactly what happens in Norway. More than eighty percent of all new cars sold there have a fully electric drive. For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the market share is even closer to ninety percent.
Hyundai decided in 2020 to only sell plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles in Norway. Now plug-in hybrid variants are also being withdrawn from the Norwegian market. The move is not too drastic for the car brand. About 92 percent of Hyundai cars sold in Norway already had a fully electric drive.
Electric cars from Hyundai
Hyundai has been investing heavily in electric driving for years. For example, the fully electric Hyundai Kona was launched in 2018. In 2021, the popular Ioniq 5 was added. Both types of cars sell well in Norway, which made the choice to offer only electric cars even easier.
Goodbye combustion engine?
At the end of 2021, South Korean media reported that Hyundai planned to stop producing a new generation of internal combustion engines. The reason for the rumors was a leaked email from R&D CEO Park Chung-kook, in which he said, among other things, that ‘electronics is inevitable’.
In 2022 it became clear that Hyundai still has no intention of leaving the combustion engine behind. The reason for this is the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, which is still insufficient in many countries.