7 Nov 18

Hyundai: In the fast lane to lead eco-mobility

Hyundai is the leader in future mobility. As the only manufacturer to offer four different electric powertrains, the company brings affordable eco-mobility to the roads. Since 2009, the company has launched six electrified models and will introduce 18 more globally by 2025.

The future belongs to green technologies. This also applies to any kind of mobility solution. Hyundai Motors had already begun to develop green cars as early as 1979, and in 2011 we entered mass-production. In Europe, the ix35 Fuel Cell was our first eco-car. Today, we are the only manufacturer to offer a choice of four alternative powertrains. That makes us one of the largest vehicle manufacturers with the broadest model range in the eco segment. With the IONIQ line-up we have entered completely new territory. Launched in 2016, it is the first car to offer three different electrified powertrains in one body type. Today, Hyundai is at the forefront of offering affordable cars with alternative powertrains. Over the last year, the IONIQ has found a home in the cityscape of Amsterdam and is highly appreciated by the locals for its use as a car sharing model. We are currently working intensively on developing our new generation of green cars. In 2018, we introduced the Kona Electric with its outstanding range of around 500 km*. It has been recognized as a real game changer, as it is the first fully electric subcompact SUV on the European market.

Another important feature is the fuel cell. As early as 2013, our first fuel cell electric vehicle went into series production - no other carmaker had ever done that before. The ix35 Fuel Cell is currently sold in 18 countries, and we’ve found particular success in Europe, where the car counts for over 70 per cent of the fuel cell market. At CES 2018, Hyundai launched the New Generation fuel cell vehicle NEXO, our technological flagship. The NEXO provides a driving range of 666 km*, 35 per cent more than its predecessor, and an increased fuel cell efficiency of up to an additional 60 percent. By 2025, we will launch an industry-record total of 18 new models, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, purely battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.

We believe that eco-cars offer us a route into fleet business. We currently view the long ranges, short refuelling and short downtimes offered by fuel cell as the main advantages – namely for taxi, bus or LCV fleets. Amongst others, we have partnered with the “hype” taxi fleet in Paris, the largest fuel cell taxi fleet worldwide, with 60 ix35 FCEV. Another promising eco-technology, especially for fleets, is the mild hybrid powertrain system. Our new Tucson is the first Hyundai model to offer a highly efficient mild hybrid 48 V powertrain, significantly reducing fuel consumption.

More info on the Sustainable Mobility: Meet Hyundai Motor’s eco car line-up.

*based on WLTP regulations.