FleetDrive 27 - February 2021 - Page 16

Hyundai Supporting Fleets to Smoothly Transition to Cleaner Transport Solutions

The pace of change taking place in the

automotive sector today has never been faster . As innovative models of ownership and vehicle use become commonplace , a new vision of urban mobility is emerging . At the same time , the wider energy transition is accelerating with cleaner transport being a pressing focus as we strive for a better , brighter world .
This new era brings both opportunities and challenges for fleets . In the midst of rapid technology change and with a wider range of drivetrains available than ever before , business and governments are faced with greater choice in their fleet selection . For many it marks a venture into new territory as they look to make the shift from the traditional to the new ; the internal combustion engine to the electric powertrain .
At Hyundai Motor Group , our goal is to assist environmentally focused fleets to smoothly transition from fossil fuels to cleaner transport solutions . We plan to lead the future mobility age with the ambition to launch 44 electrified models globally by 2025 .
We are already on our way to this goal . As the only brand in Australia today offering all four eco powertrains , that is battery electric , hydrogen fuel cell electric , plug-in hybrid and hybrid , we are committed to rolling out zero and low emission technology in this market both now and into the future .
Hyundai ’ s battery electric models , the IONIQ and the Kona , and our fleet-only fuel cell SUV , the NEXO have been embraced by fleets across Australia with government in particular setting the trend .
One of these government fleets making the switch is the NSW Department of Planning , Industry and Environment . With almost 2,500 vehicles and offices across the state , the Department is decarbonising their fleet while ensuring their vehicles are fit for purpose across a wide range of environments .
Fortunately , their vehicle fleet , which is overseen by John Barlow , Senior Manager Fleet Operations , has more choice than ever before with a growing range of eco cars available in Australia .
John acknowledges this significant shift in model availability noting that “… it ’ s an exciting time to be in a fleet role given the number of EV ’ s that will be introduced into Australia over the next few years .”
“ We took delivery of our first Hyundai Kona EVs in October 2019 and the successful introduction of these vehicles and the acceptance of them by staff ensures we ’ ll continue to introduce EV ’ s into our fleet in future .”
Hyundai is also doing its bit to keep up the pace of new technology into the future . We recently unveiled our new Electric-Global Modular