Hyundai’s Answer to Tesla’s Supercharger Network
In a world dominated by Tesla’s Supercharger network, Hyundai is making waves with its unique approach. The automotive giant is not just following the herd; they’re paving their own path with their Blue Plug business brand and the E-Pit charging network.
“While many car manufacturers have recently teamed up with Tesla, Hyundai is choosing a different path.”
The Rise of “Blue Plug” and “E-Pit”
Hyundai’s E-Pit charging hubs are not just any charging stations. They represent the company’s commitment to a premium EV charging experience. With each station equipped with four to six 350 kW chargers, Hyundai promises a lightning-fast charge, juicing up electric vehicles from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes.
- Blue Plug: Introduced at the 2023 Seoul Mobility Show, this business brand is Hyundai’s latest venture into the EV charging space.
- E-Pit: Launched in March 2021, Hyundai had ambitious plans to deploy 120 rapid chargers by year-end. Although they faced challenges, their dedication to offering a top-tier EV charging experience remains unwavering.
Tesla’s Supercharger Growth
While Hyundai is making significant strides, Tesla’s Supercharger hubs are expanding at an unprecedented rate. In a short span, the number of Tesla’s Superchargers in the region surged from 33 to a whopping 106.
Collaborative Efforts in the EV Charging Space
Hyundai isn’t just focusing on solo ventures. They were among seven automotive titans that collaborated last month to create a robust charging network across North America.
- Aim: Develop a high-powered charging network.
- Target: A minimum of 30,000 chargers.
References and Facts
Here are some related news and facts about Hyundai’s efforts to develop its own ultra-fast EV chargers to rival Tesla’s Supercharger network:
- Hyundai Motor Group is developing its own ultra-fast EV chargers to compete with Tesla’s Supercharger network1. The goal is to provide a robust charging infrastructure for Hyundai electric vehicles.
- Hyundai’s subsidiary will produce fast chargers in-house for the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-pit ultra-fast charging network in South Korea2. This move aims to supply chargers specifically for Hyundai’s charging network.
- Hyundai is part of a joint venture with six other automakers to create a high-powered charging network across North America3. The goal is to develop at least 30,000 chargers to support zero-emission vehicles.
- Hyundai Motor plans to self-develop EV chargers to slow down Tesla’s ascent in the electric vehicle market4. Currently, Hyundai operates 36 EV charging stations, and this move is seen as a strategic response to Tesla’s dominance.
- Major automakers, including Hyundai, are collaborating to build a new nationwide electric vehicle charging network5. The aim is to develop a network of 30,000 high-powered charging systems to support the growing demand for electric vehicles.
- The cooperation among seven of the world’s largest carmakers to build a charging network is seen as an unusual display of collaboration6. This joint effort reflects the importance of establishing a reliable charging infrastructure to address range anxiety and encourage more consumers to adopt electric vehicles.