Hyundai and Kia expect to produce more than 100.000 electric cars next year

Hyundai IONIQ EV

In July, the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group said that it expected to produce at least 50.000 BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) next year. However, according to BUSINESSKOREA, in the last days the target was doubled to 100.000 units.


“Hyundai Motor and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors have decided to increase production of its Kona and Niro electric vehicles (EVs) to be released next year by 20,000 units each, compared to the initial plans.

Their total EV production will surpass 100,000 units as the annual production of the Kona EV and Niro EV to be released next year will reach 40,000 units.


Production targets for 2018:

  • Hyundai Kona EV (18.600 units)
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric (48.000 units)
  • Kia Niro EVย (21.000 units)
  • Kia Soul EV (???)


It seems to me that the IONIQ in its three variants (all electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid) will become the pretty boy of Hyundai, contributing with its halo effect to boost all the brand. The same way that the Prius works for Toyota.


With the introduction of NCM 811 battery cells next year, both the Hyundai IONIQ Electric and Kia Soul EV can have their battery capacities increased by about 30 %, without increasing in volume. While a Kia Soul EV with a 40 kWh battery would be nice to have as an affordable electric car option, I expect more from the Hyundai IONIQ Electric – so that it can compete with the Tesla Model 3. The Hyundai IONIQ Electric needs a 40 kWh battery as standard and an optional 60 kWh battery, which can only be possible if the battery gets expanded to the front seats.

Furthermore, in 2019, we might see the introduction of the Kia Stonic EV.


Overall, I’m very optimistic that the NCM 811 battery cells with an energy density around 635 Wh/L and 255 Wh/kg, combined with a low cost around 100 โ‚ฌ per kWh already next year, will make possible to sell with profit very affordable long-range electric cars, not only for the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance, but also for theย Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. Until Volkswagen wakes up, these two automotive groups will dominate the sales of the affordable mass-market electric cars.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

This goal is just a dream. Renault or Nissan dealers sold over 400000 EVs the last years. They have experience now and regular customers, they have infrastructure, they have an idea and experience how to sell. Its not just the offering, also the dealers. And one of the most important markets in Europe are France (80 % France brands dominate, they just don’t buy Hyundai or VW), UK where Nissan, Toyota or Ford dominate. Also Japan market is big, foreign brands just don’t sell there, Hyundai and Kia are no in Japan.
They only get little chance in US but thats Teslas main market.

4 years ago

Wish them well but you give them way to much credit for 100,000 EVs…
Hyundai and Kia produced 7.9 million autos in 2016 so this is just barely over one percent of their sales…
BMW only sells 2.4 million per and is trying to hit that number this year…

Lets see how many Leafs Nissan rolls out next year…

The big EV news is from the number one auto market…
Changan at 1.7 million per announced and end to ICE sales in 2025…

4 years ago
Reply to  Nada

FYI… Volvo is part of Geely and Geely only mades 1.3 million per year in 2016 with Volvo being about 500,000 of that…

4 years ago

The picture shows the ChaDeMo-Version of the Ioniq EV with TWO filler caps: AC(Type1)&DC
(The PHEV-Version also has two filler caps but a different grill)

Luis Oliveira
4 years ago

Come on Pedro, please update the site. Been here every day looking for some news …
Keep up the good work! Cheers!