The battle for low-cost electric cars around the psychological barrier of 20,000 euros is intensifying, with the newest arrival widely expected in 2024. And it will bear the signature of Hyundai.
Hyundai will bring to light a fully electric version of its small crossover, known under the Casper brand in Asian marketswhich is expected in Europe this year and could cost less than 20,000 euros.
The Casper, or whatever Hyundai's small EV will eventually be called on the old continent, will be another member of its coming… wave of small (relatively) cost electric vehicleswhich today includes both the Dacia Spring made in China, as well as the upcoming ones Renault Twingo EV and Citroen e-C3.
According to the data so far, the small EV is expected to be presented in Europe in the third quarter of this yearwith first deliveries starting by late or early 2025. Unconfirmed reports suggest that production of the small EO will begin early, as early as next July.
The Hyundai Casper is currently sold in South Korea as a thermal, with a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder petrol engine. Is based on on the same platform as our well-known i10 which is manufactured in Turkey and sold in Europe.
The all-electric Casper it will be exported from the Gwangju factory located in South Koreawhere it will be produced alongside its petrol version.
Casper sold in South Korea has length 3.595 mm, width 1.595 mm and height 1.575 mm However, the electric variant that we will see in Europe will have an increased length, possibly etcat 200 to 250 mm.
According to her report Chosun Dailythe Casper EV will be equipped with LFP battery in order to keep costs at reasonable levels, which will ensure autonomy at least 200 km
Lionel Keogh, head of Hyundai France, recently confirmed with statements to a French magazine that the Casper EV “it will cost around 20,000 euros and will compete with the Dacia Spring and Citroen e-C3”.