Paul Cerame Kia of 11655 New Halls Ferry in Florissant, MO, has a great announcement for those who love driving green. The Korean auto maker has announced they will focus all their eco-friendly car production on electric vehicles (EV) and leave the hybrid options for parent company Hyundai.
This is a bit of a departure after the team driving Kia Optima Hybrid completed a historic cross country trip, and set the Guinness World Record for "Lowest fuel consumption driving through all 48 contiguous U.S. states in a gasoline hybrid car."
"Hyundai intends to focus on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as this seems to be the direction the car market is heading in, especially after 2030," according to Yang Woong-chul, the group's VP, as he stated details of this plan during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.1
Kia will manufacture the flagship and the company's first ever high-speed electric vehicle under one mysterious project name: TAM. These vehicles are scheduled to hit the Asian market at the end of 2011.
Korea's first electric vehicle, named "BlueOn" and developed by Kia's research institute in 2010, will also be introduced by the auto maker to the public by the end of this year.