After successfully strengthening its future mobility strategy in 2020, Hyundai Motor will further ramp up its electrification activities in 2021. The company aims to achieve both quantitative and qualitative growth in Europe, growing its sales volume as well as increasing the value its products bring to its customers.
Hyundai’s investment in future mobility is paying off, as it sold nearly 60,000 battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles in Europe in 2020, representing 13% of its European sales. This placed it at the forefront of the industry. Hyundai expects to maintain its position as the mainstream manufacturer with the highest proportion of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) sold in 2021, and plans to increase the number of units sold every year.
Hyundai’s strategy towards zero-emission mobility and the high proportion of ZEVs among its new car sales were key factors enabling the company to meet its CO2 target. Globally, Hyundai will launch more than 12 additional BEV models in the next four years, starting with the IONIQ 5.
By 2040, Hyundai plans to have fully electrified its global vehicle lineup and aims to account for eight to 10% of the global EV market. By 2025, Hyundai plans to sell 560,000 BEVs per year worldwide to become one of the top three manufacturers of zero-emission vehicles.
This follows a widespread programme of fleet renewal and electrification. Hyundai started 2021 with one of the youngest model lineups in Europe, with 95% of its fleet less than 18 months old. In 2020, Hyundai introduced electrified versions for more than three-quarters of its available models in Europe.
Today, Hyundai models represent the most diverse range of powertrains on the market, from petrol and diesel internal-combustion engines to mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and even hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Hyundai currently offers 15 electrified models and derivatives in Europe. Of these, 11 were newly-launched or enhanced in 2020, including one model which is completely emissions-free, the Kona Electric.
Beyond the numbers, Hyundai also plans to strengthen its role as a smart, responsible member of society that provides sustainable mobility solutions. It will do this by increasing its customer centricity, delivering high-quality mobility experiences and supporting charging infrastructure for EV customers.
In the upcoming years, Hyundai will further foster the development of zero-emission infrastructure, including charging points and hydrogen refuelling stations. Hyundai’s initiative Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility has already delivered over 50 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to Switzerland. Each truck can potentially save 32 tonnes of CO2 per year as compared to a diesel truck, resulting in a significant emissions reduction.
The program plans to deliver over 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to Switzerland by 2025. With its strong commitment to eco-mobility and improving peoples’ lives, it is Hyundai’s goal to reduce emissions and transform society into an emissions-free environment, in line with its Progress for Humanity vision.