The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid and an all-electric model of the Genesis GV70 might be in-built Alabama, Hyundai confirmed final week.
Each autos might be constructed on the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant close to Montgomery, which at present builds gasoline variations of the Santa Fe, in addition to the Hyundai Elantra, Santa Cruz, and Tucson.
Santa Fe Hybrid manufacturing is scheduled to begin in October 2022, adopted by the Genesis mannequin—known as the Electrified GV70—in December 2022.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
Hyundai mentioned it’s finishing some upgrades, together with further warehouse house and “enhanced meeting processes” for electric-vehicle manufacturing. The automaker plans to spend $300 million and add 200 jobs for Santa Fe Hybrid manufacturing.
The Santa Fe Hybrid was launched for the 2021 mannequin 12 months. We have discovered that it hits a center floor that provides a high-mpg choice for households. Probably the most-efficient Blue model achieves 34 mpg mixed, whereas different variations are rated at 32 mpg mixed.
Apart from the associated Kia Sorento Hybrid, the Santa Fe’s closest competitor is probably going the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The considerably bigger three-row Toyota has a finest fuel-economy score of 36 mpg mixed.
Genesis Electrified GV70
A Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid can be accessible, though Hyundai did not affirm whether or not that might be a part of the Alabama manufacturing shift. Launched in August 2021 as a 2022 mannequin, the plug-in hybrid has an EPA-rated 31 miles of electrical vary and 76 MPGe mixed effectivity score.
Genesis earlier confirmed that the Electrified GV70 might be coming to North America—however this announcement confirms it as additionally U.S.-made. The Electrified GV70 was unveiled at Auto Guangzhou 2021 with 800-volt charging and a 4.5-second 0-60 mph time, however U.S.-market specs have not been confirmed.