Hyundai Motor Corp to create ultra-fast EV charging network E-pit in Korea
South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Corporation has announced plans to install a nationwide network of ultra-fast charging E-Pit stations. Under the plans, which have been revealed against the backdrop of the upcoming market launch of the manufacturer’s first 800-volt electric vehicles (EVs like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, Hyundai will install 800V fast EV chargers.
According to the company’s claims, the chargers will be enough efficiency to recharge batteries up to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes, while 100 km (62 miles) of range will be ensured in merely 5 minutes of charging.
Without going into much detail, the South Korean automaker said, “Hyundai adds that “E-pit aims to become a charging platform where all sorts of services are provided quickly and in a convenient manner.”
In the initial phase, the company will setup 20 charging stations with a total of 120 EV charging stalls. On those 20 stations, 12 stations with a total of 72 EV charging stalls will be located at highway rest stops. The remaining 8 stations with a total of 48 EV charging stalls will be in urban centers. The charging stations at highway rest stops are expected to be ready by around mid-April, while the remaining stations will be made available sometime later this year.
The upcoming charging stations will be unique in any aspects. As per a statement released by the company, the upcoming chargers will offer the Plug & Charge feature with automatic authentication, charging and payment. As popular brands like Hyundai, Kia and Genesis are part of the Hyundai Motor Group; the network is expected to work quite impeccably.
The network will reportedly be available for all electric cars that will be compatible with the CCS Combo 1 DC fast charging standard. Tesla, American EV pioneer that is often credited with producing fully-electric vehicles for the masses, also own Supercharging network, but that isn’t available for CCS1 vehicles from different manufacturers.
Hyundai also revealed that it is looking for partnerships with other companies to create an “advanced service platform” around its superfast EV charging infrastructure. The company cited “parking and car washing” as an example of a service to be available as part of the company’s advanced service platform. With such a network, the auto giant envisions a win-win situation for domestic companies as well as customers.
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