[서울=뉴시스]Kia Autoland Hwaseong EV6 production line. (Photo=provided by Hyundai Motor Group) 2022.5.18 [email protected]
According to the electric vehicle investment plan announced by Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors on the 18th, Kia will establish a PBV electric vehicle-only plant with an annual production capacity of up to 150,000 units in Autoland Hwaseong to expand domestic production of electric vehicles.
As Korea’s first new-concept PBV electric vehicle-only plant, it plans to use it as a future automobile innovation base that symbolizes ‘EV Transformation’.
The PBV electric vehicle-only plant plans to invest hundreds of billions of won on a site of about 66,000 square meters to start construction in the first half of next year and then mass-produce vehicles in the second half of 2025. After securing an annual production capacity of 100,000 units at the time of mass production, it will expand to 150,000 units in accordance with market conditions in the future.
In addition, the factory will be built as an eco-friendly factory that applies future innovative manufacturing technologies and minimizes carbon emissions. Hyundai Motor and Kia’s smart factory brand ‘E-FOREST’ technology, such as a digital manufacturing system, will make it more efficient and intelligent.
Electric vehicle-based PBV is an eco-friendly, multi-purpose mobility that provides various forms, functions, and services. When combined with autonomous driving technology, it is expected to be in the spotlight as a future transportation means that enriches human life, such as robo-taxi, unmanned cargo transportation, and moving business space. am.
Based on the mid- to long-term strategy ‘Plan S’, Kia plans to develop a PBV business combined with a new mobility service. In February, it launched a Ray single-seater van suitable for last-mile delivery, and in April, the first derivative PBV, the Niro Plus, unveiled its design and commercial properties.
The first model SW (project name) of the dedicated PBV lineup to be introduced in 2025 will be developed as a mid-size. Based on the ‘eS’ platform exclusively for PBV electric vehicles in the form of a skateboard, it is a structure that can flexibly combine various types of bodywork. It is planned to respond to business demands such as delivery, car hailing, and business-to-business (B2B) transactions by providing a spacious interior space up to the height of an adult and increasing loadability.
In addition, it is equipped with a function for over-the-air (OTA) update of the vehicle system in real time, and it reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) for operators by meeting the durability test of 600,000 km based on the vehicle body. It combines performance and economy that can help
[서울=뉴시스] 1st Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Jang Young-jin visits the Kia Hwaseong plant in Gyeonggi-do on the 18th and looks around the EV6 electric vehicle production site. (Photo = provided by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) 2022.05.18. [email protected] *Resale and DB prohibited
On the same day, 1st Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Jang Young-jin also visited Kia Autoland Hwaseong to tour the EV6 production line, which is Kia’s exclusive electric vehicle, and heard about Hyundai Motor Group’s mid-to-long-term investment in electric vehicles and the construction of a PBV electric vehicle exclusive plant.
Ho-seong Song, president of Kia, said about the PBV electric vehicle-only plant, “It is a big axis of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ that challenges the No. 1 brand in the global PBV market. We will gradually increase the supply of PBVs around the world with autonomous driving technology at the fore.”
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