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While some (including myself) were disapointed when Hyundai confirmed that its first all-electric vehicle, the Ioniq, will only have about 110 miles of EPA-rated range, we can now find some comfort in the fact that the Korean automaker plans for its next all-electric vehicle to have almost twice as much range as the Ioniq.

Following a new report coming from Korea ahead of the Beijing Auto Show, Hyundai confirmed working on an all-electric SUV with around 200 miles of range.

The Korea Herald reports:

Hyundai’s Namyang R&D Center is currently developing the electric SUVs, which can go up to 320 kilometers on a single charge, nearly double the mileage of sedan-type Ioniq Electric’s 180 kilometers.

“It is true that we will launch a new electric SUV,” a company spokesman said.

Sources said the new eco-friendly SUVs are being developed on a completely different platform from that of the Ioniq, which will also be churning out its own electric vehicles.

It looks like Tesla’s Model X will still be the only all-electric SUV in the market for a while as Hyundai’s new vehicle is not expected to hit the market until 2018 – around the same time Audi’s own all-electric SUV, the e-tron quattro, is expected to become available.

Featured image: 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

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