Hyundai Sonata To Get Plug-In Version

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

A report from suggests that Hyundai‘s endless march towards global domination isn’t letting up, and the next phase of their product strategy involves both a Prius competitor and a plug-in variant of the Sonata Hybrid.

According to Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s head of product planning, the Sonata plug-in Hybrid would require little in the way of engineering to make it ready. “Other manufacturers’ hybrid systems were developed in such a way to not allow them to easily develop plug-in hybrids,” he said. “For the Sonata Hybrid to become a plug-in hybrid, really all we need are bigger batteries—the basic technology platform is already designed to support a plug-in variation.”

According to O’Brein, we’ll see something within the next 12 months at one of the major auto shows. Let the speculation games begin!

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  • Richard Emery Richard Emery on Jan 28, 2012

    We have a sonata hybrid it is a excellent car. we can't wait for the plug-in to arrive. currently we are getting 31.7 miles per gallon. it probably will get better gas mileage as it breaks in. it is a totally silent smooth running vehicle. Hyundai has done their homework well.Because of where we live in Maui most of the distances are short. we drove it half way up the volcano with plenty of speed. the six speed transmission is very nice. I am trying to find faults in the car but it is almost impossible. this is a car that we are very proud of. it looks so good and yet it performs so well. I know when the plug-in comes out it will even be better if that's imaginable. some of the things that we like . excellent air-conditioning, easy to get into, comfortable, smooth running, beautiful paint, and what my wife calls the looks are sexy.