Hyundai’s electric vehicle plant reaches 4 million milestone

Hyundai is celebrating the four-millionth vehicle to roll off its production line at its manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic.

The landmark car was a Hyundai TUCSON N Line, outfitted with dynamic equipment and in a mild-hybrid version, produced for customer from Olomouc in the Czech Republic. Despite the pandemic, global supply chain issues and other external influences, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) has managed to maintain a high production rate. This year, it expects to produce over 321,000 vehicles, surpassing the ‘pre-pandemic’ year of 2019.

“Our employees and suppliers deserve immense credit for how they have managed to cope with the challenges of the past few years. I am delighted that, thanks to their skills and diligence, we are able to celebrate another significant milestone,” said Cheolseung Baek, President of HMMC. “The Nošovice plant is of great importance to Hyundai Motor Group, and its significance will only grow in the coming years, given the challenges facing the automotive industry.”

The four-millionth Hyundai car produced at HMMC reflects the current electrification trend. While the plant exclusively produced ICE models until 2019, in early 2020 it commenced production of the Hyundai KONA Electric, which became the first mass-produced BEV in the country. In autumn 2020, production of HEV and PHEV vehicles also began in Nošovice with the fourth-generation TUCSON. Meanwhile, the share of cars with diesel engines has declined in recent years, with these models making up only nine per cent of vehicles produced at HMMC this year.

Electrified cars consisting of EVs including HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs have accounted for nearly 40 per cent of production at HMMC so far this year, and the share of these will continue to grow in the years to come.

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