Due to the shortage of automotive semiconductors, Kia will stop the operation of the Gwangmyeong Plant 2 for two days starting today (17th). While automakers are disrupting production, the Hyundai Motor Group only accepts a lot of advance reservations for new electric vehicles, and consumers are screaming at them.
Reporter Lee Seong-hoon reports.
is an advance reservation site for Kia Motors' EV6 EV6.
Reservations were closed ahead of schedule.
This year's target production is 13,000 units, because there are already more than 30,000 people with advance reservations.
[Car salesperson: There are too many contracts, so I can't tell you when it will be released because it is in the order I put it in right now... .] With
more than 40,000 people in advance reservation, the Hyundai Electric Vehicle Ioniq 5 had only 1,000 units shipped in the first month.
Initially, it was said that it would sell about 400 units a day, up to 10,000 units a month, and 26,000 units by the end of the year, but this is far below the level.
The labor-management negotiations on the production line were delayed, a problem occurred in the motor production facility, and, above all, a lack of semiconductors for vehicles was holding back production.
Most of the pre-bookers were not sure when they could pick up the car.
Meanwhile, subsidies for electric vehicles are gradually exhausting, so consumers are anxious.
[Kwak Dong-Hyun/Ioniq 5 pre-reservation customer: It is the most worrying and frustrating part to have to wait for such an opaque situation because we do not know whether or not we will be able to receive subsidies.] The
shortage of automotive semiconductors has emerged since the end of last year. I am complaining about whether the advance reservation system was used only for promotion while receiving reservations without weighing.