Every future Hyundai electric vehicle will be offered in Australia, if the brand's local arm gets its way, with 23 new EVs due globally by 2025.
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Hyundai Australia has signalled its intention to provide electric-vehicle buyers unparalleled choice, indicating it intends to offer "every one" of Hyundai's upcoming electric vehicles (EVs) in Australian showrooms.

"The Hyundai Motor Group globally will launch 44 electrified vehicles by 2025 – of those, 23 will be full Battery Electric models. Hyundai Australia’s intention is to introduce every one of Hyundai’s new EVs to the local market," said John Kett, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company Australia, in an official media statement.

"We are committed to expanding our EV portfolio across Australia, starting with the new Ioniq 5 SUV later this year and shortly followed by the Ioniq 6 sedan and Ioniq 7 large SUV. Our aim is to be a leading Australian EV provider."

Above: Hyundai Kona Electric Highlander. Top of story: Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai's plans contrast those of a number of other car makers in Australia, which have not been able to build business cases for their electric models, either due to low EV demand locally, below-par government support, or a lack of supply, owing to zero-emissions vehicles being prioritised for other markets with stricter emissions regulations.

Should every one of the Korean car maker's 23 new electric vehicles make it to Australia – as per Hyundai Australia's intention – it would offer the broadest range of electric vehicles in the country, with electric-vehicle specialist Tesla likely to offer no more than seven or eight, and luxury brand Mercedes-Benz likely to offer around 15.

The Korean brand's hybrid models – which will make up the other 21 electrified vehicles – aren't locked in for Australia, however, with a lack of right-hand-drive production outside of Europe for Kona and Tucson hybrid SUVs pressing pause on Australian launches for now.

A hybrid version of the seven-seat Santa Fe SUV will arrive in Australia in the second half of 2021, however, matching a hybrid version of its twin under the skin, the Kia Sorento.

Above: Hyundai Ioniq 6 spy photo.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric mid-size SUV due in the third quarter of this year (July to September inclusive) will join Ioniq Electric small hatch and Kona Electric small SUV models already on sale in Australia – with the latter's range to soon be expanded with a more affordable Kona Electric Standard Range in the coming weeks.

The Ioniq 5 will debut a dedicated Ioniq all-electric sub-brand for Hyundai, which will spawn the Ioniq 6 large sedan in late 2022, Ioniq 7 large SUV in early 2024, and a plethora of other models – all set to be based on the brand's E-GMP modular electric architecture.

Hyundai's electric expansion will also expand to its high-performance N models, with executives recently confirming in a media roundtable "there is something [an electrified N model] in the pipeline not too far down the road".

"Hyundai’s electric global modular electric platform has huge potential that’s why we will have the first fully-electrified N model based on…" said another executive, trailing off his answer.