Hyundai Motor Group: Aiming to sell 1 million EVs a year in 2025-26

Investing in advanced technologies, and entering the Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) market

2021/08/05

Summary

  The Hyundai Motor Group's Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) and Kia Corporation (Kia) announced that they would significantly revise their strategic direction in late 2020 and early 2021 in line with the paradigm shift in the automotive industry. The Hyundai Motor Group is transforming itself from an automaker to a "Smart Mobility Solution Provider".

  Of particular importance in strengthening its position in the EV field is the development of its E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform, which is shared among the Hyundai, Genesis and Kia brands. The Ioniq 5, Hyundai's first model based on this platform, will be launched in the Korean, European and U.S. markets in 2021. Kia will launch the EV6 in the U.S. market in 2022. The Hyundai Motor Group plans to introduce 23 EV models by 2025 or 2026, selling slightly more than 1 million a year (Hyundai will sell 560,000 units of 12 models by 2025, while Kia will sell 500,000 units of 11 models by 2026).

  Hyundai will invest KRW 60.1 trillion over the six years from 2020 to 2025, aiming for an operating profit margin of 8% in the automotive sector in 2025 (2020 actual operating profit margin was 3.2%).

  In addition to strengthening its position the EV field, Hyundai will enter the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market, as introduced at the CES 2020. In addition, the company will partner with specialized manufacturers in autonomous driving and robotics technologies, and will also focus on fuel cells, aiming to use them in a wide range of fields other than cars, such as ships, trains, and UAM aircraft.


  Kia will also reorganize its business with a focus on EVs and Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs). The PBV focuses on changes in logistics and delivery, and the idea is to improve efficiency by incorporating refurbishment and personalization, which are currently done by the user after purchasing the vehicle, depending on the application, and to provide car manufacturers with an assortment of vehicle lineups for various applications. The PBV market, which currently accounts for only 5% of global demand, is expected to reach 25% by 2030, and Kia plans to sell 1 million PBVs in the same year to establish its position as the world's No. 1 PBV automaker.

  Kia plans to invest KRW 29 trillion over the six years through 2025 to strengthen its existing fields and enter new businesses. The company name was changed from "Kia Motors Corporation" to "Kia Corporation”, and Kia created a new logo.

IONIQ 5 EV6
Hyundai's Ioniq 5 (left) and Kia's EV6 (right) developed based on E-GMP

(Source:Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation)

 

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