Hyundai might soon be following Ford, GM, and Rivian’s lead in espousing Tesla’s EV charging standard in its vehicles for the North American request. But it’s got some hesitance.
During the South Korean automaker’s Investor Day on Tuesday, where it also revealed its coming- generation EV platform, Hyundai chairman and CEO Jaehoon Chang said the decision to borrow Tesla North American Charging Standard ( NACS) will come down to client interest. But a crucial issue Chang mentioned, as reported by CNBC, is that Tesla’s Superchargers do n’t presently offer advanced charging rates supported by Hyundai’s EV platform.
Hyundai and Kia’s current EV lineup have 800- volt infrastructures and were designed to accept fast- charging rates up to 350kW( although current vehicles like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 ca n’t actually charge that fast). Tesla’s vehicle infrastructures, in comparison, run at 400V or lower and can gormandize- charge at a maximum rate of 250kW. Chang said his company will reach out to Tesla to see if the NACS charging system can be altered to support Hyundai’s briskly charging systems.
Meanwhile, Hyundai’s working on its coming- generation platform, called Integrated Modular Architecture( IMA), which will bolster 13 new vehicles, including Kia and Genesis brands. IMA will fully replaceE-GMP and will come with design edge that allow more flexible use of corridor that go into vehicles of all sizes from small cruisers to really big SUVs.
IMA will also come with new software, which according to Hyundai, will be an “ open operating system ” on which the automaker will make an “ app ecosystem. ” And it ’ll also zip in regulator integration for unborn position 3 independent driving tech. Hyundai notes the system will include advancements to support important semiconductors and betterover-the-air software update perpetration.
In terms of battery tech, IMA will be flexible in supporting different cells and chemistries, including nickel- cobalt- magnesium and lithium- ion phosphate batteries. Another intriguing idea of Hyundai’s is a separate battery bank that could charge EVs while driving.
Hyundai says it plans to vend 2 million EVs by 2030. Getting to that number will bear continuing to push its current lineup of vehicles that run on the gregarious platform. And as it starts making new vehicles erected on IMA, including a possible volley truck, Hyundai will need to decide soon if Tesla NACS will be included.
Major automakers, including Ford, GM, and Rivian, have agreed to emplace Tesla NACS adapters so guests can use the company’s Supercharger network starting coming time. Hyundai’s EGM- P can accept 400- volt charging in addition to 800 volts, so an appendage could be possible if the automaker works it out withTesla.However, Tesla is still adding CCS Magic jetties to elect Supercharger stations to support other EVs, If not.
Whatever Hyundai decides on Tesla’s charging standard likely would n’t be ready in time for the launch of an apparent disguised Ioniq 7 SUV, which was spotted in asset shots in Germany by Motor1. The vehicle seems like it could be the product interpretation of the Hyundai Seven conception and grounded on Kia’s three- row EV9 SUV.
Since Tesla has to support CCS in Europe, Hyundai wo n’t need to worry about NACS in that region. But if the disguised Hyundai appears in the US, someone should surely follow it and see if it stops at a Supercharger.