Hyundai mulls speeding up U.S. EV plant construction amid new tax break law: sources

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Hyundai mulls speeding up U.S. EV plant construction amid new tax break law: sources

Hyundai Motor is considering speeding up the construction of its dedicated electric vehicle (EV) plant in the United States amid a new U.S. law excluding EVs built outside North America from tax breaks, industry sources said Monday.
Hyundai is considering starting construction of its $5.54 billion EV and car battery plant in Georgia later this year, under a goal of commencing production in the second half of 2024, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Yonhap News Agency over the phone.
The Korean carmaker was originally planning to start construction on the 300,000-unit-a-year U.S. EV facility in January 2023 and begin production in the first half of 2025.
The reconsideration came as U.S. President Joe Biden recently signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which calls for expanding tax subsidies for EV buyers, but only for EVs assembled in North America.
It is widely expected to deal a blow to Hyundai and its affiliate Kia which manufacture all of their EVs at home.
Hyundai Motor plans to roll out 17 EV models by 2030, including six Genesis models, with Kia scheduled to release 14 EVs by 2027.
Hyundai and Kia, which together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker, aim to sell 3.23 million EVs, including 840,000 units in the U.S., in 2030 to account for 12 percent of the global EV market.

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