South Korean premium player Genesis says it will go electric-only from 2025 as it phases out internal combustion and shifts exclusively to battery-electrics and fuel cells on its way to tripling worldwide sales to 400,000 vehicles a year.
Hyundai Motor Group’s top-shelf brand said that all new vehicles will be electric from 2025 under a dual-pronged approach that focuses on full-electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells.
The company will drop internal combustion technology from new models beginning that year, meaning Genesis will also bypass hybrids and plug-in hybrids, spokesman Jee Hyun Kim said.
By 2030, the global lineup will consist of eight EV and fuel cell models, he said. Around that time, Genesis plans to achieve worldwide sales of 400,000 vehicles a year. As recently as late 2019, Genesis was expecting annual sales to crest at 100,000 for the first time.
In 2020, Genesis notched record sales of 128,365 worldwide.
Genesis joins a growing list of global automakers that are making their product profiles heavily, if not entirely, EV-oriented – including Honda, Jaguar, General Motors, Ford, Mini and Volvo.
Genesis said in April that its first EV would be the Electrified G80 sedan. Since then, it has announced the GV60 electric compact crossover. Both models are due in the first half of 2022.
Jay Chang, global head of Genesis, said the coming wave of new vehicles will leverage a high-power fuel cell system and next-generation battery technology.