Hyundai’s Ioniq range will be key to the transition to electric; greater focus on hydrogen EVs as well.
Hyundai has announced, at the Munich Motor Show 2021,that they will stop selling petrol and diesel vehicles in Europe from 2035, thus going all-electric. This comes as part of Hyundai’s overarching goal to achieve global carbon-neutrality by 2045.
Hyundai to go fully electric in Europe from 2035
To phase out ICE cars from all global markets by 2040
Hydrogen EVs to continue to be the focus of Hyundai’s electrification plans
Hyundai’s roadmap to be fully electric in Europe by 2035
Hyundai has detailed the 'three pillars' of its approach to carbon-neutrality at this year's Munich motor show. The first is centered on 'clean mobility'. Hyundai aims for 30 percent of its global sales to come from zero-emissions vehicles by 2030; and estimates that battery-electric (BEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) will account for 80 percent of sales by 2040.
In 2035, Hyundai will switch to an entirely zero-emissions fleet in Europe, before phasing out ICE cars from all major global markets by 2040. Hyundai could switch even earlier in markets like UK, where the government plans to ban sale of new ICE vehicles from 2030 (with the exception of some plug-in hybrids). The ongoing roll-out of the Ioniq EV family will play a crucial role in expanding Hyundai's EV footprint, with the Ioniq 5 now reaching dealerships across the world and the low-slung Ioniq 6 set for debut in the coming months.
Hyundai has also affirmed its commitment to hydrogen powertrain development as part of phasing out fossil fuels. In this regard, Hyundai has announced an upgraded Nexo SUV, and an all-new hydrogen MPV that will arrive in 2023. Two years later, Hyundai will launch a large hydrogen SUV.
The confirmation comes as Hyundai prepares to reveal a hydrogen-powered performance car as part of the electrification of its N division. Thought to arrive tomorrow as part of Hyundai's Hydrogen Wave presentation, the model looks to bear similarities to the US-market Elantra N sports saloon, with subtly different design cues.
The second pillar focuses on 'vehicle platforms', by which Hyundai means 'mobility options'. On show at Munich was the Ioniq 5 robotaxi, which has Level 4 autonomous functionality and will begin on-road driverless fleet services in the US in 2023. Also in this field, Hyundai is working on an electric 'urban air mobility' (UAM) concept for launch in 2028, based on the S-A1 'flying taxi' revealed last year.
Finally, the third pillar, 'green energy', will focus on how Hyundai can develop more efficient and less pollutive ways of powering its global operations. As part of this, it is investing heavily in green hydrogen, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology and second-life battery solutions.
Hyundai’s electrifications plans for India
Back here in India, Hyundai is among the few mass market manufacturers to already have an EV on sale – the Kona Electric. The company is also working on a more affordable EV for the Indian market that will be made-in-India and is expected to arrive by 2022.