KIA IN YOUR COMMUNITYSUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENTOverview
At Kia, sustainability is an integral component of our vision for a better future. From green manufacturing practices and environmentally sound facilities to offering high fuel efficiency across our entire vehicle lineup, Kia is committed to becoming a leader in this area. Here are a few examples of how Kia is thinking-and acting-green:Facilities
Kia's 21.7-acre U.S. corporate campus, opened in 2008, and was one of the first corporate facilities in Irvine, Calif., to voluntarily install a bioswale system in its parking lot to remove silt and pollution from surface water runoff. The exterior glass of the building meets the California Energy Commission's energy efficiency standards, and there is extensive use of drought-resistant plants and reclaimed water for landscaping irrigation.Products
Kia is always looking for ways to make our vehicles more environmentally friendly. For example, at the end of its lifespan, 85-percent of the Kia Rio's materials are recyclable, and its seat foam material is made from 100-percent biodegradable, renewable and non-toxic castor oil, which benefits the environment in several ways, including reduced use of petroleum-based products.Research and Development
Kia also is actively working with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop advanced vehicles, with a Borrego Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) currently in the NREL's advanced vehicle fleet.