Hyundai and Kia say they’re seeing robust demand for EVs within the U.S.

Whereas many conventional automakers have aired issues about electrical car (EV) demand slowing in current months, Kia and mum or dad firm Hyundai say they aren’t frightened about client curiosity for its merchandise. As an alternative, senior executives for the corporate have mentioned that EV demand within the U.S. is especially robust, as a current report particulars.

Hyundai and Kia are seeing robust U.S. demand for EVs, as acknowledged by a number of firm executives on the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Present on Friday, Reuters studies. The statements got here as many automakers, together with Basic Motors (GM), Ford and others, have introduced delays to future EV initiatives, some associated on to issues round demand.

One such Hyundai govt included Jose Munoz, the South Korean automaker’s COO, who mentioned that the corporate’s EV gross sales had been doubling 12 months over 12 months.

“I’m nonetheless very bullish on the battery electrics,” Munoz mentioned. “Our investments within the battery electrical plant in Savannah, [Georgia] transfer on. So we’re pushing as a lot as we presumably can to get it prepared by October subsequent 12 months. [Investments] will not be on observe. They’re accelerated. We’re pulling forward.”

The one factor holding Hyundai’s EV gross sales again, in response to Munoz, is the easy capacity to extend manufacturing capability.

“Based mostly on what I see, I would like extra. If I had extra capability in the present day, I may promote extra automobiles,” Munoz added.

Final week, Hyundai broke floor on a brand new $1.5 billion EV manufacturing plant in Ulsan, South Korea, and the automaker can be accelerating plans to construct a $7.6 billion EV and battery manufacturing unit within the U.S. in Savannah, Georgia in an try to realize entry to the nation’s Inflation Discount Act (IRA) credit for home manufacturing.

Kia executives made comparable statements to these of its mum or dad firm Hyundai this week. Steven Heart, COO of the Kia America department, mentioned he expects EV quantity to proceed growing regardless of unsure financial situations.

“We’re nonetheless rising organically regardless of the climate exterior,” Heart mentioned. “We’re not seeing a slowdown.”

“All issues being equal, as they are saying in economics, we’ll proceed to develop in quantity, and the EV facet will do a lot of the rising,” Heart added.

Earlier this week, Amazon launched a strategic partnership with Hyundai, by which the auto model’s automobiles will turn into obtainable to buy on the previous firm’s on-line gross sales platform. Hyundai additionally introduced plans to lift wages at a U.S. manufacturing unit in 2024, following historic six-week strikes lodged in opposition to Ford, GM and Chrysler mum or dad firm Stellantis by the United Auto Employees (UAW) union.

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Hyundai and Kia say they’re seeing robust demand for EVs within the U.S.

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