Even you in Santa Fe…Era of electric vehicles, Vietnam, China and India are coming

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There was a time when, of course, when you think of an SUV, you think of a diesel car.

Hyundai’s Santa Fe, a representative domestic SUV, has decided not to make diesel at all from next year.

As the era of the internal combustion engine is rapidly ending and the era of electric vehicles is fast approaching, the global automobile market is shaking from the bottom.

In particular, China, Vietnam and India are emerging as new powerhouses.

Reporter Yoon-mi Kim covered the story.

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Hyundai’s flagship SUV, the Santa Fe.

Since its first release in 2000, 1.3 million units have been sold in Korea alone, of which 1.1 million are diesels.

It is more expensive than a gasoline car, but because it has good fuel economy and power.

However, the popularity of diesel has declined as fuel prices have soared and it has been pointed out as the main culprit of environmental pollution.

Of the Santa Fe sold this year, diesel accounts for only a quarter, and hybrids instead account for nearly half.

Hyundai Motor Company has decided to remove diesel from the new Santa Fe model scheduled for the second half of next year.

The diesel era is virtually over.

The global automotive market is changing rapidly.

VinFast, an automobile subsidiary of the Vinh Group, known as Vietnam’s Samsung.

It has only been 5 years since the car was produced, but we decided to stop producing internal combustion engine vehicles within this year and make only electric vehicles.

Target markets are the US and Europe.

The Vietnamese government is fully supporting it.

Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD is also on the rise.

In the first half of this year, it defeated Tesla and ranked first in global EV sales.

Most of them are still sold in China, but they are growing rapidly.

We make our own batteries, and we have developed a new technology that eliminates the modules and fills the battery cells as thin as a blade.

Now Tesla also supplies these batteries.

electric car era.

Since the entry barrier is low, new players from China, Vietnam and India are taking on challenges one after another.

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“As parts are half and modular, the market that anyone can access has become an electric vehicle, so existing global manufacturers have to be nervous.”

The government said that a ‘disruptive change’ that shakes the foundation of the automobile industry for 100 years is underway.

If they do not survive the electric vehicle war, even the traditional strong people do not know when they will collapse.

This is Kim Yun-mi from MBC News.

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