One of the great concerns that always accompanies the purchase of an electric car is where to recharge it. In Spain there are currently quite a few problems, as the infrastructure is still insufficient, something that should change in the coming years. In the meantime, there are brands that are very concerned about this aspect, so much so that they are even planning their own electric charging stations. This is the case of Hyundai with the E-Pit, charging stations inspired by the competition.
This is a project that has been launched for its native South Korea and with which it intends to bring ultra-fast charging to the public. Following in the footsteps of Tesla’s Superchargers or Porsche’s Turbochargers, Hyundai wants to have its own network that will serve as added value for its customers. It also aims to make battery charging similar to Formula 1 pit stops, always keeping the distance and taking into account the charging times that are currently managed.
Hyundai’s E-Pit chargers would be ultra-fast, with a capacity of up to 350 kW to reduce charging times. In fact, they promise to reach 80% in just 18 minutes, allowing around 100 kilometers of range in just five minutes. This would be achieved in Hyundai Motor Group’s new electric vehicles with 800 V technology, in models such as the Ioniq 5 or the Kia EV6, which will arrive in dealerships soon. There is also the possibility of servicing cars of other brands that have the CCS fast charging standard.
Hyundai’s project starts in South Korea with 20 E-Pit stations and up to 120 chargers in total. Twelve stations will be distributed on highways with a total of 72 charging stations and another 8 stations in urban areas to add 48 more chargers. They will also implement an automatic authentication, charging and payment system; a Plug & Charge function through a mobile application to facilitate the service to users. The brand is also studying how to extend this type of infrastructure to other countries.