Hyundai launches F1-style electric charging stations in KoreaApril 7, 2021
Hyundai’s new charging stations are inspired by Formula 1 pit stops. The idea is to keep charging in as little time as possible.
The first electric car of Hyundai’s new electric brand, the Ioniq 5, has officially debuted with futuristic styling. This is one of several electric cars that Hyundai will introduce over the next few years. However, Hyundai knows that building and selling a desirable and functional EV is only one part of the equation. The company also needs to convince customers that charging won’t be a tedious process, which is why it plans to install new E-pit charging stations inspired by the F1 pit stops.
In F1, these pit stops allow for very quick tire changes and numerous race car repairs. The same philosophy of speed and efficiency applies to the E-pit charging stations, which will first be deployed in South Korea. These 800V fast chargers can charge your batteries up to 80% in less than 20 minutes or extend the range by 100 km in just 5 minutes. At first, 20 stations with 120 points will be available. From mid-April this month, 12 stations will be located along highways, with the rest in urban centers.
E-pit will have Plug & Charge capability with automatic authentication and payments for convenient and quick stops. Mercedes will offer a similar charging process for its new EQS electric sedan, although it’s good to see the same technology being applied to more affordable EVs like the Ioniq 5. Hyundai’s charging stations also feature an attractive rooftop layout, and while that might not seem like a big deal, it’s optional. services that make life more attractive for electric vehicle owners. It remains to be seen if Hyundai E-Pit stations will make it to other markets, but given the success of Tesla’s own Supercharging network, anything is possible.
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