Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) later this year will build the hybrid version of the Santa Fe SUV.

The electrified variant will join the Elantra sedan, Santa Fe and Tucson SUVs, and Santa Cruz on the Montgomery assembly line.

The new hybrid is the start of the automaker’s electric vehicle production in the US.

Recently announced production updates at HMMA including the start of hybrid production, will cost US$300 million and add 200 jobs.

“Hyundai Motor Company is taking its first steps toward bringing electric vehicle production to the United States,” said Ernie Kim, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.

HMMA will begin plant expansion projects ranging from additional warehouse space to enhanced assembly processes to support electric vehicle production. The new hybrid will begin production next October.

The hybrid is already at US dealerships, imported from South Korea.