BUSAN/DETROIT: Hyundai Motor said it plans to launch an electric vehicle with a driving range of more than 320 kilometres (about 200 miles) per charge in 2018, aiming to better compete with other electric car makers such as Tesla Motors.
That is nearly double the 191 kilometre (119 miles) per charge that will be offered by an electric version of Hyundai’s IONIQ sedan, which is set to hit the market later this year.
Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors plan to more than double the number of their environmentally friendly models to 28 in 2020, the automaker said in a statement. The goal is up from its previous plan of 26 vehicles.
Tesla meanwhile said its recently launched $35,000 Model 3, scheduled to go on sale at the end of the year, will not have free access to its 632 high-speed charging stations worldwide, which the owners of its more expensive models do.
It is likely to be offered in a separate package, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO said.
The company is battling to fix glitches with the futuristic rear doors on its Model X SUV, which Musk said stems from a software problem.
The Model X, which went on sale last fall, has “falconwing” doors that open upward and then swing out. Owners of the $80,000 SUV have complained that the doors don’t always open or close.
Musk said software updates coming later this month and next month should fix the problem. “Finally we’ll be at the point where the doors are better than normal doors, as opposed to worse,” Musk said. “This is definitely a case of getting overconfident.”
Tesla had delivered around 2,600 Model Xs at the end of the first quarter.