Hyundai and Kia have joined the Ionity party delivering 350kW charging stations across the UK and Europe, and making their own EVs compatible with the ultra-fast charging.
Its almost two years since the Ionity electric car charging network was revealed as a collaboration project of BMW, VW, Mercedes and Ford to enable electric cars with 800V systems to charge at up to 350kW, cutting charging times for EVs to minutes rather than hours.
The Ionity network is now well on its way – including in the UK – although there are very few electric cars capable of using its maximum charge rate, save for the new Porsche Taycan.
But with the Ionity network growing quickly – and others, like Gridserve, offering similar systems – car makers are going to be launching more cars with 800V systems to benefit. And that includes Hyundai Kia.
Hyundai and Kia has announced it’s joined the Ionity party, and it will, from 2021, be making its own EVs capable of utilising Ionity’s 350kWh charging.
Hyundai Motor Group’s Thomas Schemera said:
Our participation in this joint venture reaffirms the Group’s commitment to future electromobility. I am confident that our work with IONITY will open a new era of high-power charging experiences, where charging will be seamless and easier than refueling for our customers.
The Ionity network will stand at 400 fast-charge stations by next year, with an average of one site every 80 miles or so across Europe’s motorways, ensuring long distance travel for EVs is both practical and convenient.