Hyundai Is Stopping Development for New Combustion Engines

Hyundai Is Stopping Development for New Combustion Engines

05 January 2022 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Hyundai EV


Following Audi, Volkswagen, and many others, Hyundai recently announced that they would no longer work on the development of new combustion engines. This decision might seem radical, but the Korean manufacturer is a fear believer in an all-electric future for the automobile industry. Well, this is one way to do things because there are many rumors surrounding Hyundai about hydrogen fuel cell cars. We know that the Korean manufacturer recently invested a lot of money in hydrogen technology development. 


According to Korean media, the reason why Hyundai is stopping the development of a new combustion engine is only in order to accelerate its transition to all-electric manufacturers. It is fair to say that when Hyundai is an idea, it doesn't do things halfway. Just look at what happened to genesis motors that became one of the greatest luxury manufacturers in only a couple of years. Hyundai also created a lot of controversial but yet successful vehicles like the Veloster. This is why I believe that the Korean manufacturer we'll succeed if it says it's going all-electric in the next few years. Luckily if you like gasoline motorization, keep in mind that it will take more than one or two years for the Korean manufacturer to transition to an all-electric company. Perhaps you should be able to enjoy your gas Hyundai vehicles for a couple more years yet. Hyundai and Kia Are targeting 1.7 million in EV sales by 2026. this number is huge even for manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia.


A viable solution?


If you ask the question to an automobile manufacturer such as Hyundai, of course, the answer will be yes. My question for you is, do you think it's a viable solution? Common sense says yes, the governments say yes; in fact, everybody seems to say yes. However, some manufacturers are continuing to offer V8 vehicles, and they are selling better than ever. Why is it so if electric vehicles are meant to be the future of the automobile industry then? Well, I think that electric vehicle is just about politics, and even though they're pretty popular right now, they are not the solution. Perhaps they might be a part of it, but I don't see an all-electric future for the automobile industry.


I am one of those car journalists that think that there is still a place for gasoline vehicles on the market. For me, the problem isn't the vehicle; it's the fuel itself. If we are able to replace all fossil fuels with biofuels, the problem will be solved. Biofuel can go in the same tank as fossil fuel, and it doesn't change anything to our daily life, unlike electric vehicles where you have to think about where you want to go when you want to go, will there be any charging station around. I might be a bit cynical here, but I really think the electric vehicle isn't the solution for the future. In my opinion, this is just a temporary solution until we find something that could really work.


And to prove my point, just take the state of California as an example. According to many media, California is one of the biggest markets for electric vehicles. The state is encouraging people to buy more and more electric vehicles. Nevertheless, the state of California recently asked people if they could use a charging station a little bit less. For me, this proved that we're not ready yet for an all-electric world, and in fact, I think we will never be. Don't get me wrong, I love electric vehicles, and they're fantastic to drive. However, I think that if an electric vehicle has to stay, they will only be a part of the automobile industry,


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Audi, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier