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EcoDynamics The ultimate goal of sustainable mobility is zero emissions! Kia Motors takes the first step toward this dream with “EcoDynamics”

Various hybrid models are already out in the market. HEVs are catching on more quickly than other green vehicles given that they can make use of existing infrastructure. Competitiveness in the HEV market hinges on securing technologically-advanced and cost-effective electric motors, inverters, batteries and other electric power components, and Kia Motors is making notable progress on these fronts.Since 2005, Kia Motors, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, has been running a pilot fleet of Pride (Rio) Hybrid vehicles. With proprietary technologies secured through the project, Kia Motors released the Forte LPi Hybrid, the world’s first HEV to be equipped with a lithium-ion polymer battery. Its CO2 emissions level (99 g/km) is one of the lowest among Korean cars.

EVs are powered solely by the electric motor and use the electric energy stored in the high-voltage battery for starts and acceleration. The battery can be fully charged in six hours using a household charging system. At high-speed charging stations, it only takes 25 minutes.As they run only on electric power, EVs do not emit any CO2 and are more economical than gasoline-powered vehicles in terms of fuel costs. However, given that most electric energy is currently generated through fossil fuel-based systems, EVs are responsible for indirect CO2 emissions. Moreover, EV-related infrastructure is still lacking.

No matter how advanced our technologies become, cars that run on fossil fuels are bound to emit exhaust. Accordingly, a truly green alternative is a vehicle that runs on something other than fossil fuels.
Hydrogen FCEVs run on electricity generated by the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen induced by the fuel cells. Since the only byproduct is water, FCEVs can tackle the twin issues of environmental degradation and energy depletion. The efficiency of the FCEV engine is also twice that of existing internal combustion engines. For the commercialization of hydrogen FCEVs, however, we first need an infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations and a more energy-efficient manufacturing process.

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