Ssangyong is launching electric variants of the models by 2020, according to UK boss Paul Williams.
Williams revealed that the battery-powered Tivoli are currently being tested and indicated that a partnership with an established brand would be the best strategy for Ssangyong EV future.
“Ssangyong has a strategy for hybrids and EVs, and the next generation of models will show this,” said Williams. “I’ve seen the plans for electric vehicles, and we will see them on the market around 2019 or 2020.”
The manufacturer is set to launch three new models in the next three years, and all were able to finally, the function of the electric powertrain options. A production version of the SIV-2 concept, a Nissan Qashqai rival, shown in Geneva, it is expected that one of these cars, but its publication was delayed by a year to 2019, to coincide with the new Korando.
Ssangyong parent company Mahindra invested heavily in the electric e2o city car, and the South-Korean brand is benefiting from the technology, according to Williams. However, he suggested that the company’s EV could mean for the future, a deal with a bigger brand, Ssangyong with batteries for its larger models.
“If you are small, you can’t afford to take these risks [said in connection with investments in EV tech],” Williams.
“Nissan and Renault have invested a lot, for example, but had to wait a long time to see a return. Ssangyong tie up with another brand, such as BMW.”
During the hybridization, a part of Ssangyong’s future, Williams said all-electric vehicles focus on the longer term.