Hyundai has closed its internal combustion engine research and development division in South Korea (a major nerve center where the N range was born), as published The Korea Economic Daily.
To the tune of the automotive industry in general, Hyundai already has 2035 in its sights as the year it will stop selling gasoline and diesel cars in Europe, to focus on electrification.
Birthplace of the Alpha, Hyundai’s First Own Engine
The Research and Development Center located in the town of Namyang, created in 1983 in South Korea, is considered as the brain of the group, and soon, explains the Korean newspaper, it will adapt to the age of the electric car.
“Developing our own engine is a great achievement, but we must change the system to create future innovation based on the great asset of the past,” said R&D chief Park Chung-kook.
This does not mean that the center will be dismantled; It is being transformed into a test center for electrified vehicles with researchers adapting to the change, but no more gasoline or diesel engines will be developed here.
A battery design and development center has also been established, with the goal of selling 1.7 million electric vehicles worldwide by 2026.
Every N high performance he was born in Namyang. The cars then depart for the Nürburgring in Germany to undergo rigorous tests and inspections. Through this painstaking process, N technology has been refined.
In fact, the vitamin N range takes its name from Namyang and the Nürburgring. The center is equipped with engineering and design centers, a powertrain laboratory, a test range, wind tunnels, crash test facilities and test roads covering more than 3.3 million square meters of land.
Now the South Korean manufacturer will focus its efforts on the electric car and the fuel cell, as well as energy storage and the emerging V2G technology, capable of returning energy to the grid.