Focusing on the environment.


Hyundai New Zealand is a kiwi-owned company with a kiwi attitude. We’re not waiting for others to lead. 

Our vehicle range is one example of our commitment to a positive future.

In 2019 we introduced New Zealand to the NEXO, our flagship hydrogen-powered SUV. Our iconic IONIQ 5 Electric Vehicle is New Zealand’s Car of the Year. It will soon be joined by its electrifying siblings, IONIQ 6 and the Large Electric SUV.

Our XCIENT Fuel Cell is the first hydrogen-powered truck to enter New Zealand, and has just been adopted by NZ Post. We will continue to support the expansion of a hydrogen refuelling network to speed up the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles, giving our customers choices aligned with a zero-emissions economy.

We don’t have all the answers - yet - but we do have NZ’s largest range of low-emission vehicles including Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrids, Hybrids and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, and our combustion engine cars continue to impress with their performance and fuel economy.

With our focus on a positive, sustainable future, we intend to play a pivotal role in helping achieve New Zealand’s carbon emissions targets.

NZ: The perfect place for zero-emissions vehicles

We Kiwis have a long history of using our good old kiwi ingenuity to find a better way. So when faced with the challenges of transporting people and goods up and down a long and skinny land mass covered in mountains, lakes, and rivers zero-emissions vehicles are a natural next step on our journey to a net-zero economy.


New Zealand’s goal is to bring carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. Clean energy vehicles will play a big role in this.1

Classic Kiwi road trips

Kiwis are used to driving large distances and the range of today’s EVs makes that more possible than ever

Renewable energy sources

New Zealand is rated fourth in the OECD for renewable energy sources, currently at about 84% of total energy production and growing.2

Kiwi ingenuity

We Kiwis are known for our commitment to innovation. With over 500 public EV charging stations nationwide, Kiwis are already embracing clean energy vehicles.

Sustainability FAQs

What are Hyundai’s sustainability commitments?
‘Hyundai Continue’ represents Hyundai Motor Company’s commitment to a sustainable future.

The areas of focus are:

EARTH: Hyundai Motor Company will ‘Continue’ to take care of the planet we live on.
• We are connected as one within the ecosystem of the Earth.
• Hyundai Motor Company is advancing the coexistence of humankind and the planet by means of technology that will connect them to each other.

In this way, Hyundai Motor Company will continue to work toward the harmonious coexistence of humankind and Earth.

MOBILITY: Hyundai Motor Company will ‘Continue’ to innovate for a new mobility.
• We will create a sustainable way for anyone to move freely at will.
• We will create a new concept of mobility, enabling quality time to be spent in transit, and enabling people to experience complete freedom of mobility.
In this way, Hyundai Motor Company will continue to realise freedom in mobility and connection.

HOPE: Hyundai Motor Company will ‘Continue’ to create hope for future generations.
• We are connected as members of a global society, beyond companies and customers.
• We will work together to create a sustainable future so that generations to come can dream and take on new challenges.
In this way, Hyundai Motor Company will continue to create hope for future generations.
How is Hyundai responding to climate change?
Hyundai Motors has the unwavering belief that as an automaker, we have to be more active when responding to climate change than companies in other industries, and feel a strong sense of responsibility.

Hyundai has committed to carbon neutrality by 2045.
How will Hyundai be carbon neutral by 2045?
Hyundai Motor Company have five main areas of interest to achieve Carbon Neutrality.

1. Electrification - by achieving 100% electrification of new vehicles worldwide by 2040. Expanding their hydrogen technology, building necessary infrastructure, and promoting V2G / dead battery business.
2. Hydrogen business synergy effects - working towards a hydrogen-led mobility evolution by applying hydrogen for all mobility options starting from 2040.
3. Reducing carbon emission at work - creating an eco-friendly workplace powered by green energy and, by extension, creating smart production plants too.
4. Support for net zero in the auto parts supply chain – adoption within workplace, but also supporting numerous partners and encouraging them to help Hyundai achieve net-zero emissions across the entire value chain.
5. Social activities for reducing carbon emissions - including considering recycling possibility from the design stage onwards.
Is it true that Hyundai is using sustainable materials in its cars?
Yes, Hyundai Motor Company is designing new EVs like IONIQ 5 with sustainability in mind, some examples are:
• recycling plastic bottles into fabric

• using bio components extracted from sugar cane and corn for seats and trims

• dying leather interior using flaxseed oil
door trims and dashboard are painted with bio-paints that include extracts from plants like rape flowers and corn.

Hyundai is committed to using even more eco-friendly materials and methods in its IONIQ models going forward.
Cars are going electric. So what will happens to the used batteries?
There are more than a dozen lithium battery recycling plants operating in the world at the moment.

Hyundai New Zealand is a member of the Battery Industry Group (big.org.nz), a collaboration between over 170 businesses and individuals across energy, waste, transport, and battery sectors with large batteries (stationary and mobile) in their value chain.

BIG is actively investigating how EV batteries can be given a second life in New Zealand in solutions such as solar power storage units in residential homes.
How are tyres recycled in NZ?
Did you know that around 6.5 million tyres reach their end-of-life in New Zealand each year?

Tyrewise is New Zealand’s first regulated product stewardship scheme for recycling used tyres. They expect to start operating in 2023.

The stewardship scheme means that everyone who imports or distributes tyres must participate equally, and that as a consumer, you can be certain that when you pay for a new tyre, that tyre will be responsibly managed within the scheme so its resources are recovered.

In the interim, most regions will have their own facilities and organisations that will reuse or recycle tyres. Search online to find somewhere local near you, or ask the workshop where you have them fitted if they can dispose them for you sustainably.
What happens with cars when they reach their end-of-life?
This is not something we can control as cars end up in the scrap or pick-a-part yards once people have finished with them, but Hyundai Motor is designing vehicles with end-of-life in mind.
What is Hyundai doing locally?
Here at Hyundai NZ, we’re committed to playing a leading role in reducing the emissions from New Zealand’s transport fleet.

As a Kiwi-owned business, we are big believers of implementing alternative fuel technology here in NZ. And we walk the talk too, championing this attitude through the introduction of NZ’s first hydrogen-powered SUV, NEXO, in 2019. Now with the XCIENT Fuel Cell truck, we also have an opportunity to help fast-track the large-scale adoption of alternative green fuels in the New Zealand road freight sector.

We want to make choices and actions to help our customers and our own business reduce the negative impact of emissions on the planet and maximise our positive impact in our communities. We’re only just embarking on this journey, but we’re in it for the long haul.

We are excited to share that we are developing our first sustainability strategy, which will be a roadmap for the business’ sustainability initiatives over the next three years.
Does Hyundai NZ invest in the community?
Yes, as a kiwi-owned business, we’ve always been big on supporting the wider community.

For the last 15 years we have been developing young people and helping them find extraordinary personal growth through our Hyundai NZ Pinnacle Programme.

The Hyundai NZ Pinnacle Programme helps young adults aged 15-18 develop a raft of vital leadership skills through personal mentoring, networking and adventure, including participation in the Spirit of Adventure, Outward Bound, and Kai Waho programmes.

Over the last 40 years we’ve been supporting communities and organisations that make New Zealand the awesome place that it is.

As we have evolved, over the years our sponsorships and community investment have too. Below are just some of the organisations and initiatives we currently support:

• Golf New Zealand
• Crusaders
• Spirit of Adventure Trust
• NZ National Fieldays Society
• Hyundai New Zealand Rally
• Hyundai Marine Sports Centre
• Outward Bound
• Barnardos
• Sustainable Coastlines
• St John
• Hyundai Country Calendar

We have an array of talented individuals we support who are equally passionate about giving back to their own communities too. They are:

• Hayden Paddon (motorsport)
• Eliza McCartney (athletics and sustainability advocate)
• Al Brown (chef, Garden to Table ambassador)
• Dr Tom (health & wellbeing in rural and marine communities)

Next generation platforms

IONIQ: Pure electric driving

IONIQ represents Hyundai’s first full electric lineup. From the inside out, the eco-friendly models within this range showcase the way we can rethink mobility to pass a better world on to the next generation. 

Discover IONIQ

EV, PHEV, FCEV - what does it all mean?

Despite all the different acronyms, clean energy vehicles are really quite simple. We’re here to demystify electric and clean energy vehicles.

If you’re just starting to learn about what electric vehicle options are available to you, you’ll find all the answers to your questions here.

Learn more

Get charged up

It’s easier than ever for Kiwis to keep their EVs charged. Plug-in hybrids and EVs alike can be charged at home or at a public fast-charging station while you’re at work or on the go

There are now over 500 charging points throughout the country, and finding one near you couldn’t be simpler.

Find a charging station