Hyundai and Kia electric cars will receive a quick charge functionSeptember 13, 2019
One of the most interesting features of the new Porsche Taycan is its 800-volt charging system, which allowed the electric car to travel 3424.8 km in just 24 hours.
While the Taycan Turbo is priced from $ 150,900, its 800-volt charging technology will soon be available on more affordable electric vehicles. This will happen soon enough – Hyundai and Kia announced that, starting in 2021, their electric cars will be equipped with 800-volt architecture that can withstand charging up to 350 kW.
To maximize the potential of future electric vehicles, Korean companies have invested in Ionity, a European charging joint venture founded by BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group. The companies refused to disclose how much money they were investing in the company, but announced that the investment would help increase the availability of charging stations in Europe and would also allow their future electric vehicles to “adapt the maximum charging capacity of Ionity to 350 kW.”
Ionity currently has about 140 charging stations throughout the EU and more than 50 are currently under construction. It is planned that by 2020, 400 fast-charging stations will be opened, at least one every 120 km along major European highways.
There is no information about which Hyundai and Kia cars will be the first to receive fast charging technology, but the companies noted their recent partnership with Rimac, which is designed to lead the development of high-performance electric vehicles. Rumors suggest this partnership could help spawn a production version of the once-popular Genesis Essentia concept car.
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