Hyundai is once again adding vehicles to its production in Montgomery, with the new addition marking the facility’s expansion into electric vehicle production.
The company announced that production would begin in October on the Santa Fe Hybrid and the Genesis GV70 SUV in December. It joins the Santa Fe, Elantra, Tucson and Santa Cruz on the assembly line at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
The Santa Fe Hybrid and Genesis GV70 also mark the beginning of Hyundai’s electric vehicle production in the United States.
“Hyundai Motor Co. is taking its first steps toward bringing electric vehicle production to the United States. We are excited to showcase our team members in producing electric vehicles here in Alabama,” said Ernie Kim, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
The latest milestone for HMMA received the green light during a recent project agreement signing ceremony with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and José Muñoz, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America. The start of production of the Santa Fe Hybrid and Genesis GV70 will include $300 million in investments and the creation of 200 additional jobs.
“Hyundai’s new growth plans in Montgomery will help prepare the state’s auto industry for the EV revolution while also aligning with our strategic initiatives such as Drive Electric Alabama,” said Ivey.
HMMA will begin plant expansion projects ranging from additional warehouse space to enhanced assembly processes to support electric vehicle production.
The electrified GV70 is a luxury electric SUV, while the Santa Fe Hybrid matches SUV versatility with MPG efficiency.
“With this EV expansion, Hyundai is once again demonstrating that Alabama’s auto sector is concentrating on what the future holds for the industry and that it will continue to evolve to meet all challenges,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.