Hyundai set to lead the charge on hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell, and electric vehicles

Hyundai plans to launch 13 more alternatively-fueled vehicles by 2022, bringing its total number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, and electric vehicles to 16. With the announcement on Thursday, the South Korean automaker is poised to lead all Asian automakers and compete with luxury German makes for the most models offered with alternative powertrains.

The redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata will be followed next year with a hybrid model. At 32 mpg combined, the redesigned gas model gets 3 mpg better than the outgoing model, so it’s reasonable to expect a similar improvement over the 42 mpg combined on the 2019 Sonata Hybrid.

For battery electric vehicles such as the Ioniq Electric and Kona EV, Hyundai has already announced a larger battery-pack capacity from 28 kwh to 38 kwh, which has boosted the range of the 2020 Ioniq Electric to 170 EPA-rated miles from 124 miles in the 2019. The Ioniq also comes as a hybrid (HEV), and plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and improvements to those 2020 models will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show later in November.