Hyundai installs ultra-rapid charging network E-Pit in Korea

by Mar 25, 2021

The Hyundai Motor Group is setting up a network of high power charging stations in South Korea against the backdrop of the upcoming market launch of the group’s first 800-volt electric vehicles, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. These ultra-rapid charging vehicles will be a part ofHyundai-Kia’s brand new E-GMP platfor. It is the first architecture dedicated to electric vehicles entirely, and the Group now delivers suitable charging infrastructure for the Kia EV6 and Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. Hyundai plans to install 120 HPC columns, each with up to 350 kW charging capacity. The company says that these can charge an EV battery equipped with an 800-volt system within 18 minutes to 80 per cent – about half the time it takes on current fast-charging stations. This means that with just five minutes of charging, you can drive 100 kilometers. Besides the roll-out, Hyundai-Kia will call the new sites E-Pit. Each “pit stop” comprise six high power charging stations, all under a canopy. The hardware is designed to facilitate charging with the heavy and bulky cables via an automatic height adjustment, a rotating function and an auxiliary handle.With 120 charge points planned this year, Hyundai designated 20 locations across its home market South Korea. The network will span across highways and urban areas, with 72 ultra-rapid charging stations installed at motorway rest stops. The remaining 48 will stand at eight city sites. While ultra-rapid charging will be exclusive to Hyundai-Kia vehicles because these are the only EVs with said architecture in the market, the company will also incorporate simple charging that would be open to EVs from other manufacturers as they use the same connectors that is CCS. Hyundai’s E-pit aims to become a charging platform where all sorts of services are provided quickly and in a convenient manner. Customers will be able to pay through the car when leaving their details in the in-car system. The charging station then takes over authentication, a feature enabled by Plug&Charge. This function will only be available on E-GMP-made EVs from Hyundai, Kia and Genesis as for now. The E-Pit app will also allow drivers to digitally “queue” to use chargers at peak times. Link to the news: