Hyundai and Kia boost expansion of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles22. April 2021
South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group is accelerating the expansion of its charging infrastructure in preparation for numerous new electric-drive models scheduled for launch this year. Leading the way is the Ioniq 5, which is based on the proprietary EV platform E-GMP and is already eagerly awaited in South Korea as well as Europe. As another electric vehicle manufacturer, Kia has signed a contract with GS Caltex to install charging stations at their gas stations. Drivers of a Kia electric car are to receive further discounts as well as coupons when charging at GS Caltex.
A total of 8 charging stations will be installed under the cooperation: a 350 kW super fast charging station and 7 other 200 kW fast charging stations at four locations in Seoul and nearby cities. GS Caltex is responsible for the operation of the charging stations and plans to commission them before the end of the first half of 2021. The 350 kW superfast charging station is capable of charging the 800-volt technology-based Kia EV6 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. The new Kia EV6 will be unveiled to the public later this month.
Meanwhile, the Hyundai Group is working to add charging stations to existing gas stations. The goal is to build a network of 120 superfast charging stations at 20 locations this year. The sites are located in major cities and at rest stops along the highway. In terms of electric mobility, Hyundai also has more good news to report. The Ioniq 5, Hyundai’s first model based on the E-GMP platform, has been enthusiastically received by customers and the press. In South Korea, 26,000 vehicles have already been reserved in advance by potential customers. This is almost equivalent to the planned annual sales figures. On the first day of reservations in Europe, 3,000 vehicles were pre-ordered there. Pre-bookings for the Kia EV6 are expected to reach similarly high numbers.
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