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Hyundai confirms 200-mile EV by 2018, 250 miles by 2020

The surge will kick off this year with the Ioniq EV, offering a modest 110 miles of all-electric range.

Hyundai has confirmed plans to offer two different long-range electric vehicles by the end of the decade.

Korean media reports recently claimed Hyundai was working on an electric crossover with 200 miles of range, scheduled to arrive in 2018. The company's director of eco-vehicle performance development group, Byung Ki Ahn, has now confirmed the range estimate and launch target, according to Autoblog.

The executive did not disclose any additional details, though the model will presumably be positioned as a rival to the Chevrolet Bolt, next-generation Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3.

Hyundai's EV plans do not stop at 200 miles. The company also now promises to deliver a 250-mile battery-powered vehicle by 2020.

The electric surge will kick off later this year with the Ioniq EV. With 110 miles of range, the car will compete with the latest Nissan Leaf, forthcoming BMW i3 and the 2017 Ford Focus Electric.

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