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A new low-cost Hyundai EV will be revealed later this month. Hyundai is teasing the first images of its new INSTER EV ahead of its official debut at the Busan International Mobility Show. The all-electric city car is expected to be the latest affordable EV to hit the market, but will it make it to the US?

Hyundai is off to a hot start in 2024. Last month, Hyundai sold over 17,000 EVs globally, maintaining its momentum.

In the US, Hyundai is chipping away at Tesla’s (wide) lead in the EV market. Hyundai Motor, including Kia, accounted for 11.2% of the US EV market through May. According to data from the Korean Automobile & Mobility Association, Hyundai Motor has sold 48,383 EVs in the US through the first five months of 2024.

Tesla still holds a 40.5% lead over Hyundai in the US, but that gap has narrowed from nearly 53% last year.

Hyundai is building momentum in the US and globally with dedicated EVs based on its E-GMP platform.

Hyundai’s EVs, like the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, offer over 300 miles range, fast charging capabilities in under 20 mins, and a sleek new design. Perhaps, most importantly, they are some of the most affordable and fuel-efficient available.

After releasing the first look at its new INSTER EV Tuesday, Hyundai is adding another all-electric vehicle to its lineup.

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Hyundai INSTER EV teaser image (Source: Hyundai Motor)

Hyundai teases the first look at its new INSTER EV

Hyundai dropped the first images of its new “A-segment sub-compact EV” Tuesday, the INSTER EV.

The Hyundai INSTER EV is an evolution of the gas-powered CASPER model sold in Korea. Hyundai claims the new electric car will “set new standards” in driving range, tech, and safety.

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Hyundai INSTER electric teaser image (Source: Hyundai Motor)

From the first look, you can see the INSTER EV takes influence from the CASPER but with a modern upgrade.

With Hyundai’s signature daytime running lights, plus added pixel graphic turn signals and tail lights, the INSTER is unmistakenly an EV (and a Hyundai).

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Hyundai INSTER EV teaser image (Source: Hyundai Motor)

Hyundai expects the new electric city car to feature up to 220 miles (355 km) WLTP range. Although prices are yet to be confirmed, with the gas-powered CASPER selling for under $15,000 in Korea, the new EV is expected to hit the market with an affordable price tag.

Although demand for affordable EVs is climbing in the US, it’s unclear if Hyundai will bring the INSTER to the states yet.

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Hyundai INSTER electric car teaser image (Source: Hyundai Motor)

With production at its first EV and battery plant in the US expected to start later this year, Hyundai could make the move. With Kia’s EV3 set to hit the market, Hyundai may consider launching the low-cost electric car to rival it in the US. Kia’s EV3 is expected to start at around $30,000 to $35,000.

Volkswagen also just finished design work on its affordable ID. 2 all-electric car, which is expected to debut later this year starting around $27,000 (€25,000).

Check back for more info as Hyundai’s new electric car will make its official global debut at the Busan International Mobility Show, starting June 27, 2024.

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Nissan feels the heat from BYD’s EV price war in China

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Nissan feels the heat from BYD's EV price war in China

Nissan is the latest victim of BYD’s “liberation battle” against gas-powered cars. After BYD’s aggressive price cuts this year, Nissan is shutting down a factory in China as it struggles to keep up.

As is the case for many legacy automakers, China is a critical sales market for Nissan. Nearly a third of Nissan’s global sales and net profits are from China.

After slipping out of the top five automakers (by market share) in China in 2022, Nissan’s woes are worsening. Nissan’s sales fell 16% in China last year and the trend has continued into 2024.

Nissan’s sales fell another 2.8% last month, with 64,233 vehicles sold in China. The company cut guidance by 23% last year, with 800,000 vehicle sales expected in fiscal 2024. According to Nikkei, Nissan will do so with one less factory.

Nissan is closing the doors to its plant in Changzhou as the factory is building more cars than it can sell.

The facility accounts for about 8% of Nissan’s production capacity in China, with an annual capacity of around 130,000 units. According to the report, the plant shuts down on Friday.

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Nissan Ariya electric SUV (Source: Nissan)

Under its joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor, Nissan has eight plants in the region. Its total annual capacity is around 1.6 million, double Nissan’s projected sales figures for fiscal 2024.

Nissan shuts down China plant amid BYD’s EV price war

The plant shutdown comes as Nissan struggles to keep up in an increasingly competitive China EV market.

China’s largest automaker, BYD, kicked off a “liberation battle” against ICE vehicles earlier this year. The goal is to continue taking market share from gas-powered cars with lower-priced EVs. So far, it seems to be working.

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BYD (Dolphin Mini) Seagull EV (Source: Nissan)

BYD has drastically cut prices while introducing lower-priced EV models. Its cheapest, the Seagull EV, starts under $10,000 (69,800 yuan).

BYD’s CEO, Wang Chaunfu, said EVs have entered “the knockout round” and that the next two years will be critical for automakers to catch up.

With lower-priced, more advanced models hitting the market, BYD sees joint venture brands (like Nissan’s) market share falling from around 40% to 10% in China.

Nissan isn’t the only legacy automaker feeling the heat. Japanese rivals Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Honda have also pulled back in China amid slumping sales.

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Nissan EV concepts (Source: Nissan)

Meanwhile, BYD looks to expand its global footprint after outgrowing China’s EV market. BYD is closing in on a deal for a plant in Mexico that would be among the biggest in the country. The company expects to sell 50,000 vehicles in Mexico this year.

BYD is also expanding on Nissan and Toyota’s home turf. According to data from the Japan Automobile Importers Association, BYD accounted for over 20% of Japan’s EV imports in January.

With longer-range, lower-priced models rolling out, BYD’s momentum is expected to continue. China’s leading automaker is also expanding into new segments like pickups (check out the new Shark PHEV), mid-size electric SUVs, and luxury.

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Tesla Model 3 Long Range costs $3,200 more to finance than last week

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Tesla Model 3 Long Range costs ,200 more to finance than last week

Tesla scrapped promotional financing on the Model 3 Long Range this week after it became eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

As Electrek reported on June 17, Tesla and the IRS confirmed that the Model 3 Long Range All-Wheel Drive is now eligible for the full tax credit. Today, Tesla is pricing the EV’s upfront purchase price at just $34,990 – $1,000 more than the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive – including the federal tax credit and an estimated five-year gas savings of $5,000.

The Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive still doesn’t qualify for the federal tax credit because it uses LFP battery cells from China.

The Model 3 Long Range is now listed at 6.39% APR on loans up to 72 months. The Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive continues to offer 1.99% APR for 36 months with a 60-month option at 2.99%.

Even though the Model 3 Long Range is now $7,500 cheaper, the higher interest rate is a bit of a party pooper, as it eats up potential savings. The folks at CarsDirect estimated that on a five-year loan, thanks to the 6.39% interest rate, the Model 3 Long Range has more of a $4,200 advantage than a $7,500 advantage.

If you’re eligible for the federal tax credit, the Model 3 Long Range is cheaper than before but costs around $3,200 more to finance through Tesla than last week. CarsDirect suggests comparing your options carefully if you’re shopping for a Model 3 Long Range. 

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Utah is getting 20 'hyper-fast' Electrify America EV charging stations

Electrify America and electric utility Rocky Mountain Power have rolled out the first of 20 DC fast charging stations in Utah.

Electrify Commercial, a business unit of Electrify America, and Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, are deploying more than 80 chargers at 15 DC fast charging stations in the Salt Lake City area and five DC fast charging stations in surrounding regions.

So far, four charging stations have come online in Millcreek, Vernal, Moab, and Kimball Junction.

Rocky Mountain Power, the only rate-regulated public utility providing electric service in Utah, will own the new charging stations. Each will have “hyper-fast” chargers capable of speeds up to 350 kW. The utility will set the pricing and Rocky Mountain Power utility customers get a discounted rate.

Since 2016, Rocky Mountain Power has installed more than 120 DC fast chargers in Utah and completed an electric highway corridor along I-15, Utah’s primary and only north-south interstate highway. It’s also facilitated the installation of more than 3,000 Level 2 chargers for workplaces, retail, and multifamily housing. The utility is spending $50 million to install EV charging infrastructure across Utah.

All 20 of Utah’s new DC fast charging stations will be on Electrify America’s coast-to-coast “locate a charger” map, which includes more than 950 stations and over 4,250 chargers in the US and Canada. Drivers will be able to access and pay for charging on Rocky Mountain Power’s chargers through the Electrify America mobile app.

Read more: Here’s what Electrify America’s EV charging plans are for 2024


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