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Hyundai developing mass market e-car

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Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor is developing an electric vehicle for the mass market and will launch it in a couple of year's time, said a top company official.

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Chennai: Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor is developing an electric vehicle for the mass market and will launch it in a couple of year's time, said a top company official.

"Hyundai Motor is transforming into a mobility solutions provider from an automobile company," S S Kim, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd told reporters here late on Wednesday.

"The group is developing an electric vehicle platform for mass market in India. We develop cars for all and not just for ride hailing cab operator Ola where Hyundai has invested $300 million," Kim said.

When queried as to the leverage Hyundai Motor has with its investment like Ola asking its driver partners to go for Hyundai Motor models, Kim said it is an important investment for the group.

In March, Hyundia Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors announced an investment of Rs 2,068 crore ($300 million) in Ola.

As per the agreement, the three companies will collaborate on building India-specific electric vehicles and infrastructure etc., Hyundai Motor had then said. The partnership will offer Ola drivers various financial services, Hyundai Motor had said.

According to Kim, cost of the vehicle is an important determinant while catering for the mass market which in turn requires high level of localisation of components.

Declining to comment on the price band of the proposed electric vehicle targeted for the mass market, Kim said domestic suppliers are not geared up for the segment as the volumes are low.

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