Looking to the future Hyundai Great Lakes in Streetsbour plans to expand its facility to about 8,300 square feet this year.
A dealership owned by Joey Huang opened in 2005, and he said Hyundai is asking the dealership to renovate the building in line with new corporate brand standards.
“We are going to look at the front in a new way,” he said. “We’ve been here in Streetsbar since 2005, and from time to time they want us to renovate the building.”
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He said the repairs and extension would cost about $ 5 million.
According to Hyundai Great Lakes CEO Bill Cook, this includes a new facade, large windows, interior remodeling and more.
“Their goal is for us to be able to show five cars in the cabin,” Cook said. “We’re currently showing three.”
The biggest change – the addition – will include compartments designed to work with electronic vehicles, Cook said.
“These will be all the additional service compartments for customers,” he said. “We are adding some equipment to service electric vehicles when they become available.”
Huang said the business is also running now, so expansion is also needed to help dealerships satisfy their customers.
“We have spent 17 wonderful years in Streetsborough with excellent customer support,” he said. “Through this we can expand our services; we are really in full now. ”
Hyundai Great Lakes is not safe from the same inventory challenges that others in the industry face, but Juan said he believes 2022 could be a turning point for the industry.
“When the cars arrive today, they’re already sold out,” he said. “Now you need to wait a bit compared to where you were before. It will definitely come back. There was a time when we lacked inventory, but time looks better, especially for Hyundai. ”
The EV revolution in the early stages
Although electric vehicles still hold a relatively small market share, Juan said the refurbishment, which includes specialized lifts to accommodate electric vehicles, is a nod to the future.
“Electronic cars in the country occupy about 2-3% of the market,” he said. “But now we’re watching EV, and obviously California has a market share of well over 2%.”
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The market is growing, and Juan said infrastructure must appear before cars can be sold in large quantities. Improving Hyundai Great Lakes will be part of this infrastructure.
“No. 1, we bring chargers, ”he said. “No. 2 will be mechanical lifts for car maintenance. The car requires a different lift, and we’re going to install lifts that can lift EV cars. “
In Ohio, charging stations are not as readily available as in California, but in some places they are.
Juan said there are Class I, Class II and Class III chargers, with Class III being the fastest.
“And the classroom is what people keep in their garages,” he explained. “Charging a car takes about eight hours. The Class III charger is a much larger charger, so it takes 15 minutes. ”
Also in the new addition will be places for safe storage of batteries, including fire safety measures.
Juan said repairs and an extension should be completed by the end of the year.
The Streetbars Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on February 8 approved amendments to the plan of the territory unanimously without discussion.
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