Korean company Hyundai has closed its internal combustion engine design department at its research center, according to Korean media. This happened “sometime this month.”
Some of the employees in the department will stay in the center to “improve the existing engines”, but the rest will move to work related to electric vehicles, announced Engadget.
It is also said that the company is transforming production buildings for the development of electric vehicles. The ICE Development Center will become an electrification testing facility, and the Productivity Development Center will now be dedicated to electrified machinery.
Hyundai has also set up a new battery development center, and researchers are focusing on raw components for batteries and chips.
The goal seems simple. Electrification is “inevitable”, according to new head of research Chung-Kuk Park, and the transition will help produce cars that “dominate the future market”.
On the other hand, a number of countries already have clear plans and deadlines for a total ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines. In many cases, the restrictions will take effect in 2030, that is, very soon.