Hyundai’s Upcoming Electric Vehicles Might Incorporate Tesla Charging Compatibility

Hyundai is contemplating the adoption of Tesla’s recent North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its electric vehicles (EVs), including the Ioniq 5 and the Ioniq 6.

During the car company’s recent investor day, Hyundai’s president and CEO, Jaehoon Chang, stated that the decision to adopt Tesla’s charging standard depends on consumer interest. However, Chang also mentioned that Tesla’s chargers do not offer the higher charging rates supported by Hyundai’s vehicles (via CNBC). Therefore, Hyundai would need Tesla’s charging technology to be modified to support faster speeds before adopting the standard.

Currently, Hyundai and Kia’s EVs can handle charging speeds of up to 350kW, although the availability of chargers supporting this rate, especially in Canada, is limited. It is important to note that there are reports suggesting that Hyundai’s and Kia’s cars may not actually charge as fast as claimed, with a maximum charging rate of around 226kW. On the other hand, Tesla’s vehicles can charge at a maximum of 250kW. Chang intends to reach out to Tesla to explore the possibility of upgrading their NACS charging technology to accommodate faster charging speeds.

Considering the widespread availability of Tesla Superchargers across Canada and the United States, as well as the commitment of major automakers like Ford, GM, and Rivian to either offer NACS adapters or incorporate the ports in their future cars, it is not surprising that Hyundai is also contemplating the switch.

During Hyundai’s investor day, the company also discussed its next-gen EV Integrated Modular Architecture (IMA) system, which is designed to replace the current E-GMP platform used in their electric vehicles. This new system provides Hyundai with a more flexible battery system that can be used across vehicles of various sizes.

In other Hyundai news, the company recently confirmed to MobileSyrup that an update/service program will be introduced to address brake light issues and a problem related to the Integrated Control Charging Unit (ICCU) in the Ioniq 5.

Source: CNBC, The Verge

 

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