An Electrifying Future
Few people know that the name Hyundai means “modern” in Korean language. The brand does everything to get this label. No one knows what will drive the cars of the future, but whatever alternative it will be, Hyundai is ready today. One of the main candidates for the replacement of internal combustion engines is undoubtedly the battery powered electric car.
The production of electric cars started with an inconspicuous mild-hybrid in 2018 in Nošovice. However, the real expansion of electromobility started in 2020, when the serial production of the Kona Electric model has been launched. Production has began in March 2020, during that time more than 37,000 of this electric car rolled out of the Nošovice gates. One year later in 2021, production of a plug-in hybrid version of the new Tucson has began, adding the latest missing piece to the electric car portfolio puzzle. Today, the factory in Nošovice produce everything from a mild-hybrid, through a classic hybrid and plug-in hybrid to a fully electric Kona Electric and of course, where are electric cars, there must be charging station. That is why project called Electromobility in the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech Company was implemented within the grant program Low Carbon Technologies – Electromobility (from the Operational Program Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness). During two phases (from September 18, 2019 to February 5, 2020 and from January 1, 2020 to September 15, 2020) 10 charging stations for electric cars were built both indoors and outdoors, and a new Hyundai Kona Electric car was added to the company’s fleet. Eligible costs amounted to CZK was 5,121,500 of which 55% was covered by subsidies. The chargers supply electric cars which serve as shuttle vehicles inside the complex, as well as electric cars intended for testing.
The company also operates 5 Kona Electric electric cars as business travel vehicles in the vicinity of the plant in support of ecological mobility. These cars also get energy from charging stations from this program.