Inside Hyundai’s $7.4 Billion U.S. Investment: Electric Vehicles And Hydrogen Stations

Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest $7.4 billion in the U.S. over the next four years to make electric vehicles and expand hydrogen refueling stations, among others, in line with billionaire heir-apparent Euisun Chung’s green-car ambitions.

Hyundai, South Korea’s second-biggest conglomerate by revenue, announced last week it would spend some of that money to manufacture EVs and improve production facilities. An EV plant will start production next year in the U.S., the announcement added.

Investments in the U.S. will help the Korean automaker compete, says Chris Robinson, senior analyst with research firm Lux Research. “Governments are increasingly focused on not only promoting greater adoption of electric vehicles, but also putting in place policies which promote local electric vehicle production,” Robinson says. “Hyundai’s investment will put it in a much stronger competitive position in the U.S.”

Localized production helps cut shipping costs, especially for EV batteries that can be bulky and pose safety risks during shipping, says Sam Abuelsamid, principal research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. Cell production capacity is rising in the U.S., he adds.

“Localizing production as volumes increase helps to reduce the risk of supply chain disruptions,” Abuelsamid says. “Every industry has recognized the need for more supply chain resilience over the past year.”

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