Kia Reveals Plans To Only Sell Electric Cars

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2040 will be a pivotal turning point for the Korean carmaker.

Yesterday, Kia previewed its next electric vehicle, the Concept EV9. Think of it as an electric version of the Telluride, but with an even more expressive design. The EV9 will join another new-generation Kia EV, the previously revealed EV6. But an onslaught of new EVs isn't the only way that Kia is working to reduce its carbon footprint.

The company has outlined some ambitious plans as it positions itself as a Sustainable Mobility Solutions Provider. To achieve this, Kia will electrify its entire lineup and now we know when this will happen.

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By 2035, Kia's entire model range will transition to EVs in Europe. General Motors also pledged to have an all-electric lineup by 2035. After Europe, Kia's other key global markets will follow with all-electric lineups by 2040, including the US. This will all culminate with Kia attaining carbon neutrality as a company by 2045.

Kia says that this goal will be based on three pillars, those being sustainable mobility, a sustainable planet, and sustainable energy. Kia will be gradually reducing its carbon footprint in all operational facets, be it logistics, production sites, and supply.

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"For us, it is not only about setting goals and reaching targets. It is about setting a vision that will inspire others to join the movement to benefit humanity and protect the environment," said President and CEO of Kia, Hosung Song.

Of course, the hard work has already begun as the road to carbon neutrality is an incremental one. By 2022, Kia plans to create a carbon emissions monitoring system for its partner companies. One of the plan's primary goals is to utilize green steel, since the traditional steel industry remains a major contributor to carbon emissions. By 2030, all Kia's company fleet vehicles will be electrified.

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Kia will also join forces with a non-profit organization known as The Ocean Cleanup to help eradicate plastics from the planet's oceans. By 2030, 20% of the company's plastic will be reused. The Concept EV9 itself uses upcycled materials manufactured from ocean waste, and this supports Kia's other goal of using vegan interior options.

Kia's plans are in line with industry trends, but in the US, it seems there's still some way to go before the Korean giant says goodbye to gas engines. Models like the EV9 will lead the transition, and we'll know more when it's revealed at the 2021 LA Auto Show next week.

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