Kia of Chattanooga, has some exciting news for our eco-friendly drivers. Kia has stated that they will center the company's attention on producing green cars on electric vehicles (EV) and allow Hyundai to produce the hybrid options.
This is a bit of a departure after the team driving Kia Optima Hybrid completed a historic cross country trip, and set the Guinness World Record for "Lowest fuel consumption driving through all 48 contiguous U.S. states in a gasoline hybrid car."
"Hyundai intends to focus on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as this seems to be the direction the car market is heading in, especially after 2030," according to Yang Woong-chul, the group's VP, as he stated details of this plan during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.1
The Korean automaker will produce the company's first high-speed EV under the project name: TAM. The new cars are slated to be available on the Asian auto market by the end of this year.
The 'BlueOn', Korea's first electric vehicle, was designed by Kia's research institute in 2010, will also be launched by Kia to the public by the end of 2011.