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Hyundai IONIQ 5 Drives Sustainability Campaign with Upcoming Show, ‘Down to Earth with Zac Efron: Down Under’

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (November 11, 2022)– Hyundai Motor Company has announced that its IONIQ 5 all-electric SUV can be seen powering a sustainable road trip in the new season of ‘Down to Earth with Zac Efron: Down Under,’ which debuts Today. The show is also the basis for a sustainability campaign that aims to convey the core message ‘Take Small Steps to Make A Big Difference’ across multiple platforms.

In Efron’s inspirational docuseries, now in its second season, the American actor teams up with wellness expert Darin Olien to traverse Australia’s diverse environments aided by Hyundai’s award-winning EV. Together, they explore communities and cultures in ‘the land down under,’ searching for healthy, sustainable ways to live. Not only does IONIQ 5 provide clean mobility for Efron and Olien, but it also supports their journey with customer-centric features, such as its spacious interior and V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) function that can power small appliances and devices and even other EVs.

“As the theme of ‘Down to Earth with Zac Efron’ aligns closely with IONIQ 5’s sustainability message, we believe the EV’s eco-friendliness will be well-represented in a native and natural manner,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “We are delighted to share in this partnership opportunity and eager to deliver the message that one small action can make a big difference for the planet. It just goes to show that IONIQ 5’s demonstration of environmental responsibility doesn’t stop with electrification.” 

IONIQ 5’s integral role in the show is also part of an ambitious product marketing campaign made in partnership with the show’s production team that leverages ‘Down to Earth’ content across multiple platforms to reach the show’s Gen Z target audience, for whom sustainability is a core value. 

To start the campaign, a viral film, released on November 7, promotes sustainable daily practices while showing the IONIQ 5 integration scenes from ‘Down to Earth,’ featuring Efron and Olien using the V2L function to operate small appliances and kicking back on its fully reclining front seats.

Then, the campaign’s Instagram social challenge aims to promote participation in a sustainable mission, such as ‘drink from tumbler within two hours’ or ‘pack leftovers within six hours in a multi-use container.’ Participants can randomly assign and practice these missions by using Instagram Reels’ ‘random slot’ augmented reality filter. The challenge will lead to a monetary donation made in participants’ names to EARTHDAY.ORG, the non-profit organization in charge of Earth Day matters.  

In addition, the campaign’s Roblox challenge reinforces the message that each sustainable action can help create an eco-friendly society. Players engage in Minigames and Quests with themes of sustainable practices in daily life, including zero-waste cooking, plogging and upcycling, drinking coffee out of reusable cups, and rescuing endangered animals. In the game’s Eco Forest Zone, the results of those daily practices are gathered as life energy to grow a ‘world tree.’ Then when this ‘world tree’ reaches a certain level, the Roblox game money will actually be cashed in and donated to EARTHDAY.ORG as well. 

These two challenges are more meaningful as Zac Efron and Michael Simkin, the executive producer of the show, are participating as Global Advisory Members to EARTHDAY.ORG. 

‘Down to Earth’ is an educational and inspirational Docuseries that explores how communities and cultures live with healthy and sustainable habits and practices. With Zac Efron and co-host Darlin Olien, the show comprises of contents having meaningful conversations with local experts and scientists who are contributing to and driving awareness around various global environmental issues. Season 1 has over 50 million views to date.


EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at:

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 Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), 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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