South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor, which also manufactures cars in the Czech Republic, has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. It intends to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines in Europe in 2035. The company informed about it at the Munich Motor Show. They also announced that their Czech factory will become the company’s first plant next year to use electricity only from renewable sources.
“Hyundai Motor is committed to doing the right thing for the world,” the South Korean company said in a press release. “Climate change is an undeniable challenge that requires maximum and urgent attention from everyone. Hyundai Motor is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its products and activities by 2045,” she added.
Petr Michník, a spokesman for the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech plant in Nošovice in the Frýdek-Místek region, said that the transition to complete production of cars without internal combustion engines would be gradual; more specific information is not yet known. The factory already produces part of the vehicles for electricity.
According to Michník, the use of electricity only from renewable sources is a way of trading. “I can confirm that from next year we will only buy electricity from renewable sources. The point is that we will pay extra in the electricity market for receiving such electricity. The company that supplies electricity will provide us with and guarantee that the volume of electricity which we remove will only come from renewable sources, “said Michník.
Hyundai is the largest carmaker in South Korea and, together with its sister company Kia, is one of the ten largest carmakers in the world. Hyundai officially started serial production of passenger cars in Nošovice in November 2008.
The factory in Nošovice is the only Hyundai production plant in the European Union. It produces up to 1400 cars a day. The plant has approximately 3,200 employees, and another 8,700 people work for its direct suppliers.