Award-Winning Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV to Transport MK Taxi Passengers in Kyoto and Advance Zero-Emission Goal

Award-Winning Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV to Transport MK Taxi Passengers in Kyoto and Advance Zero-Emission Goal
  • Hyundai Mobility Japan, Hyundai Motor Company’s Japanese business unit, to supply 50 IONIQ 5 EVs to MK Taxi in Kyoto 
  • In MK’s growing EV fleet, the ‘IONIQ 5 Lounge’ vehicles to function as ‘moving lounges’ with spacious interiors and various convenience features for customers 
  • Hyundai Mobility Japan’s supply of zero-emission EVs facilitates MK’s vision to help Kyoto reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change
  • IONIQ 5, the first dedicated BEV utilizing Hyundai’s innovative Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), has won numerous awards, including three prestigious 2022 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards 

SEOUL, July 20, 2022 – Hyundai Mobility Japan, Hyundai Motor Company’s Japanese business unit, announced today that it will supply 50 ‘IONIQ 5 Lounge’ EVs to MK Group in Kyoto this summer to help the taxi service operator and city achieve their respective carbon neutrality goals.

By adopting 50 IONIQ 5 Lounge units, MK is on its way to electrify 30 percent of its fleet by 2025 and reach 100 percent electrification by 2030. The company stopped operating LPG-powered vehicles in February 2022. As of March 2022, MK’s taxi fleet has included 18 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 10 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). MK is planning to install fast charging stations at each of its taxi business locations.

MK chose IONIQ 5 Lounge due in part to the BEV’s long driving range and fast charging time. Moreover, the vehicle is providing a comfortable, spacious second row and plethora of convenience features that are expected to provide an unsurpassed riding experience for MK passengers. Hyundai Mobility Japan will also partner with MK’s maintenance facility located in Kyoto to provide technological support, so that the partner company can run the fleet efficiently.

Hyundai Mobility Japan entered the Japanese market in February 2022, supplying only zero-emission vehicles, including IONIQ 5 and the NEXO hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). The company is actively taking part in Japan’s carbon neutralization while providing its customers with innovative vehicles and unique mobility experiences. The company’s supply of 50 IONIQ 5 BEVs will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Kyoto to tackle climate change.

IONIQ 5 is the first model in Hyundai Motor’s IONIQ dedicated BEV lineup brand. Built on the company’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the BEV provides a spacious interior and the ability to fast charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. With an estimated all-electric driving range of 618 km* per full charge, IONIQ 5 delivers more range than other vehicles in the Japanese market. The crossover also delivers comfortable driving and riding experiences with very little noise or vibration during operation while its flat floor, sliding console and relaxation comfort seats provide space that is optimized for passengers. The BEV’s Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) outlet under the second-row seat also provides convenient electricity for passengers’ devices.

IONIQ 5 has won various, prestigious international awards, including a triple win at 2022 World Car of the Year, German Car of the Year, UK Car of the Year, Auto Express’ Car of the Year and Auto Bild’s Electric Car of the Year.

*The figure is from IONIQ 5 Lounge (2WD) model with 72.6 kWh battery, measured internally using JARI’s worldwide harmonized light duty test cycle (WLTC).

About Hyundai Motor Company

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,’ Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services. In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.

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