Hyundai Halts Development on Internal Combustion

January 5, 2022

Hyundai and Kia are all-in on electric cars

The Korea Economic Daily is reporting that Hyundai has halted any further development of the internal combustion engine, and will not reopen the engine department of its research and development center after the December holidays.

“Now, it is inevitable to convert into electrification,” wrote Hyundai’s new R&D chief, Park Chung-kook, in an email to Hyundai employees. “Our own engine development is a great achievement, but we must change the system to create future innovation based on the great asset from the past … the powertrain system development center is transforming into an electrification test center, while the powertrain performance development center is becoming an electrification performance development center … the immediate task is to develop innovative vehicles that can dominate the future market. This reorganization will be an important starting point for change ahead in the new year.”

Image courtesy Korea Economic Daily.


Hyundai Seven EV Concept

Hyundai and Kia have been making incredible strides in recent years, pushing the envelope of industrial design with the forward-looking Hyundai Inoiq 5 crossover, the Hyundai Prophecy concept, and the Kia EV6 crossover, which were shown to the public at the Electrify Expo live events earlier this year.

We got a chance to sit down with Kia’s head of corporate communications, James Bell, during Electrify Expo Orange County, where co-hosts Matt Teske and Jo Borras got a chance to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes changes at Hyundai and Kia that will enable cars like the EV6 to compete at the very highest levels of the automotive industry.


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Source | Images: Hyundai, Korea Economic Daily, via Electrek.

Hyundai Halts Development on Internal Combustion

December 30, 2021

Hyundai and Kia are all-in on electric cars

The Korea Economic Daily is reporting that Hyundai has halted any further development of the internal combustion engine, and will not reopen the engine department of its research and development center after the December holidays.

“Now, it is inevitable to convert into electrification,” wrote Hyundai’s new R&D chief, Park Chung-kook, in an email to Hyundai employees. “Our own engine development is a great achievement, but we must change the system to create future innovation based on the great asset from the past … the powertrain system development center is transforming into an electrification test center, while the powertrain performance development center is becoming an electrification performance development center … the immediate task is to develop innovative vehicles that can dominate the future market. This reorganization will be an important starting point for change ahead in the new year.”

Image courtesy Korea Economic Daily.


Hyundai Seven EV Concept

Hyundai and Kia have been making incredible strides in recent years, pushing the envelope of industrial design with the forward-looking Hyundai Inoiq 5 crossover, the Hyundai Prophecy concept, and the Kia EV6 crossover, which were shown to the public at the Electrify Expo live events earlier this year.

We got a chance to sit down with Kia’s head of corporate communications, James Bell, during Electrify Expo Orange County, where co-hosts Matt Teske and Jo Borras got a chance to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes changes at Hyundai and Kia that will enable cars like the EV6 to compete at the very highest levels of the automotive industry.


LIVE from LA: How Kia is Keeping it Fresh and Fast With the New EV6

Listen to our latest Podcast


Source | Images: Hyundai, Korea Economic Daily, via Electrek.

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