This Hyundai Pony EV is a one-off design with modern tech
The project was led by Hyundai's chief interior designer Hak Soo Ha and it's currently on display in Busan, South Korea
Converting older cars to run on electric power is not a new idea at this point. Quite a lot of specialist companies have been dealing in that for years and even mainstream manufacturers are toying with the idea of offering it for their older models. This EV conversion of an old classic, however, is something that's come a fair way out of left field. Hyundai has converted an example of the Pony, its Giugaro-designed small car from the 1970s, into an EV restomod!
The project was led by Hyundai's chief interior designer Hak Soo Ha and is definitely recognisable as a Pony, although it's had quite a few of the exterior and interior design features changed. It's been fitted with modern headlamps at the front and the rear lights have been converted into a cluster of LEDs that has a similar design to those on the new all-electric Ioniq 5. It also has new, camera-based headlamps on the front wings in that very 1970s and 1980s style. The wheels are brand new too and they've clearly been designed to look as period-correct as possible.
Whilst the exterior changes are noticeably visible yet still fitting in with the 70s Giugaro design, it's the interior of this Pony where you'll really see the drastic changes. The interior now features retro-futuristic styling cues all over the place as well as one of the oddest instrument clusters I've ever seen. It looks like somebody took some vacuum tubes out of an old guitar amp or an old radio and re-engineered them and, honestly, it looks really cool!
There are currently no drivetrain details about this electric Pony, although I would expect it to have been lifted from one of Hyundai's current production cars. Considering the similarity of the rear lights to those of the Ioniq 5, I wouldn't be surprised if it has some variation of the Ioniq 5's drivetrain in there somewhere.
The car is currently on display at Hyundai's Motorstudio in Busan until June 27, 2021.