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Hyundai Takes on EV Market by Developing New 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid


Hyundai doesn’t expect big sales from its 2016 Sonata Hybrid since hybrid sales have been declining mostly due to the drop in gas prices. So why would they make a plug-in electric hybrid at all?

Well if the executives, engineers, designers, planners and business strategists at the Hyundai Motor Co had their way, they will in all likelihood not make the 2016 Sonata plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

But Hyundai didn’t have a choice in building the PHEV because they had to adhere to the mandates for cars in 10 states that require zero emissions. States like California, Oregon and many of the northeastern US require auto makers to sell a minimum number of cars that emit zero carbon dioxide within the next 10 years. Therefore, fuel cell vehicles that run on hydrogen, battery-powered electric vehicles and to a limited extent, PHEVs are the options available to Hyundai.

The new Sonata PHEV is a customized variation of Hyundai’s regular gas-electric hybrid, which will be new for Chapman Hyundai in 2016.

The fashionable and extremely fuel-efficient midsize sedan, which reaches car dealers this fall, is able to go for at least 20 miles on its electric powered motor only and over 600 miles in tandem with its gas powerplant. (Hyundai states in-house approximations are 24 mpg on all electric powered vehicles.) The car comes with a rechargeable battery-cell, somewhat like the Chevrolet Volt. However, similar to the Volt, the vehicle is expensive to design and make, complex and – if income figures are any signal – signifies a concept that’s not popular in 2015.

PHEVs are entitled for partial zero-emission credits simply because they do burn petrol once in traditional gas powered motor mode. The battery pack is charged by the gas engine when driving or by the plug-in alternative once the car is parked, generally in the owner’s garage. The 10 states mandating zero emissions make up approximately a quarter of the new automobiles sold in the U.S. Therefore, car makers will have no option but to produce electric powered cars like the Nissan Leaf, Volt as well as the new Sonata – or experience serious loss of income.

But at the moment consumers are not interested in alternative powered vehicles. According to Kelley Blue Book, sales in April 2015 for hybrids, electric and other alternative powered vehicles are down 15.4% from the previous year. The once highly successful Toyota Prius, which was having great success when gas prices were high, accounted for the biggest share of the decline. Hyundai’s planner, John Shon stated that there is no great demand for alternative fuel cars in the current market. However the technology they are developing and refining now will have a big impact in the future.

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