Hyundai and Rimac upbeat on electric sports car and high-performance FCEV plan

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 04 Jul 2019

Hyundai Motor Group recently joined its partner Rimac Automobili in a discussion on the potential of the new automotive industry in Croatia.

The event, hosted by Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac, was held on June 28 in Rimac headquarters on the outskirts of Zagreb with Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, and ministers and senior government officials in attendance.

In May, the Hyundai Group announced an investment of 80 million euros (Rs 623 crore) in Rimac, aimed at leading the high-performance electrified vehicle market. Since then, the companies have been working closely together to develop prototypes for an electric version of Hyundai’s N brand mid-ship sports car and a high-performance FCEV with the intent to bring them to market at a later time.

"We are encouraged by the Croatian government's support for our partnership with Rimac,” said Hyundai Motor Group's executive vice-president Thomas Schemera. “We will further bolster our strategic partnership in developing high-performance electric vehicle and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) prototypes across the Hyundai Motor Group brands."

 “To be attractive to automotive manufacturers and suppliers, Croatia needs to develop comparative advantages over other countries. Rimac wants to contribute to attracting investors to Croatia, and our role is to point to the needs and expectations of the auto industry,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac. “Having our shareholders support the initiative is highly encouraging. Them joining the event proves the strength of strategic partnership between Rimac and Hyundai Motor Group focused on collaboration in the development of the disruptive technologies that steer the new auto industry.”