Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest 7.4 billion dollars in the U.S. by 2025, and start manufacturing electric cars in the country.
The group said the investment would be used to produce electric vehicles, improve production facilities, and upgrade its smart mobility solutions including hydrogen energy, robotics and autonomous driving technology.
The investment plan comes ahead of President Moon Jae-in's meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, scheduled to take place in Washington next week.
One industry watcher says the company's decision to invest such a large amount could have been influenced by the need to meet the Biden administration's "Buy-American policy".
"The 'Buy-American policy' requires goods to be made by American workers, and with American-made components. So for a South Korean company, it seems like Hyundai had no choice but to invest a large amount of money and manufacture its cars in the U.S. in order to sell its products in the country."
Hyundai's move also follows the announcement that U.S. would spend 174 billion dollars to boost electric vehicles and charging.
The group will start producing its Hyundai electric vehicles at its Alabama plant within next year and its affiliate Kia will start production in Georgia soon after.
Hyundai already sells its electric vehicles Kona and Ioniq in the U.S., and it plans to sell a new EV model, the IONIQ 5, in the country this fall.
It also plans to review options to expand its production facility, after taking a closer look at U.S. market conditions and the government's new EV policy.
The group also added that it will work with the U.S. government and business partners to install hydrogen refueling stations and offer its NEXO hydrogen SUVs.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.