Kia pledges to become a sustainable mobility solutions provider

Kia commits to carbon neutrality by 2045 and unveils Concept EV9

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Kia corporation has set out its vision to become a truly sustainable, responsible and innovative solutions leader, with a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.


Kia’s vision to become a sustainable Mobility Solutions Provider reflects the company’s approach to sustainability, which is to create sustainable mobility solutions for consumers, communities and global society.


The plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 is based on three key pillars including; Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Planet and Sustainable Energy.


These pillars are set to guide Kia in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in all operational facets from supply, logistics, vehicle production and vehicle use as well as the disposal of waste. Kia plans to reduce the company’s 2019 levels of emissions by 97 percent before 2045 and will attain carbon neutrality by implementing additional measures to fully offset the remaining carbon emissions.


Achieving full electrification in major markets by 2024

The largest contributor to carbon emissions is the daily use of vehicles on the road. Therefore Kia is prioritising the transition from internal combustion vehicles to a full eco-friendly line-up that includes next-generation Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).


Kia aims to fully electrify its vehicle line-up in Europe by 2035. From 2040, Kia’s line-up in key markets around the globe will exclusively consist of BEV and FCEV models, realising zero emissions during daily vehicle use. This will be a major contributor in reducing the largest contributor to carbon emissions.


In 2028, Kia will launch its first FCEV models and Kia will actively seek ways to implement advanced hydrogen fuel cell systems as applications to various mobility solutions.


Offsetting carbon emissions

Kia also plans to implement plastic recycling processes during the vehicle disposal stage. Once established, the process will increase re-use percentage of used batteries and plastic. Kia is also planning to conduct pilot projects on second life battery storage systems with external partners from 2022.


Kia aims to achieve zero emissions across all aspects of its business, including all production sites, by 2045. For Kia’s overseas sites, all electricity will be sourced from renewable energy by 2030.


Introducing the Kia Concepts EV9

Kia has unveiled the first official images of the Concept EV9, which is an important milestone in Kia’s commitment to sustainable mobility solutions. The futuristic design was inspired by nature and utilises upcycled materials developed from ocean waste.


The Concept EV9 hints at Kia’s next model in the dedicated BEV line-up based on the Electric Global Modular Platform architecture and following in the footsteps of the Kia EV6. It embodies Kia’s vision for the SUV segment, bringing together progressive design, state of the art technology and an advanced all-electric powertrain in one package.


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