Hyundai Inster Teased As An All-Electric Version Of Its Casper

This new Inster packs some rather neat design touches and promises up to 335 km of EV range. 

Hyundai has recently teased its newest and smallest EV to date, with it to have also just be officially christened as Inster. A name that is derived from ‘intimate’ and ‘innovative’, this new all-electric sub-compact from the South Korean automaker is essentially the all-electric counterpart to its Korea-only, petrol-powered Casper that launched back in 2021. 

As this is only but a teaser, Hyundai is still keeping its cards close to its chest regarding the finer points of this Inster. The few pictures it has revealed does show for this subcompact EV to feature a largely similar face as its petrol-powered sibling, but with the Casper’s distinctive circular LED daytime running lights now complemented by pixel-graphic turn signals as first seen on its IONIQ stablemates. 

Moving down the side now, the teasers hint for this subcompact EV to be sporting some rather funky four-spoke alloys beneath its bulbous fenders. The pixel-style lighting signature from the front meanwhile is to be replicated on its rear light bar too, for which below that sits a stylised Inster script. 

There has thus far been no official photos released regarding its cabin, but spy shots have shown that the Inster borrows heavily from the Casper on which it is based. Said spy shots also supposedly suggested at a slightly longer body on this sub-compact EV relative to its petrol-powered counterpart, but there has been no definitive answer to this thus far.   

The cabin of the petrol-powered Casper.

Now on the powertrain front, Hyundai has outlined that its Inster is projected to yield maximum range of 355 km (WLTP) on a single charge. It has since been reported too that this will be driven by an integrated drive module sourced from BorgWarner, though the finer technical details regarding power and battery capacity remain elusive thus far. 

Hyundai has nevertheless stated that this Inster will set new standards in terms of driving range, technology, and safety features, redefining what buyers can expect from a vehicle in this class. It is worth highlighting here however that there really is not much in its class to begin with, if not considering the raft of all-electric minicars from China that is. 


The Inster is set to make its official debut at Busan International Mobility Show taking place later this month. Though the bigger story here is probably for the this subcompact EV, unlike its petrol-powered sibling, will actually soon be making its way to other regions outside of its home market. 

This pint-sized all-electric crossover-hatchback has been dubbed by its maker in being the cheapest zero-emissions offering to date, with it to land over in Europe wearing a suggested asking price of between €20,000 (RM 100,000) and €25,000 (RM 128,000). 

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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