Access to 12,000 More Chargers for Hyundai EVs
Hyundai is the latest in a string of automakers including Ford, General Motors, Volvo, and Rivian, to announce it will adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2024, all-new or refreshed Hyundai EVs will come exclusively with an NACS port, with Canada following in the first half of 2025. The smaller NACS port, popularized by Tesla, will give Hyundai drivers access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America.
Easier Charging on the Go
In one fell swoop, the move doubles the number of high-speed chargers that will be accessible to Hyundai EV owners, making it easier to charge their vehicles on the go. Hyundai’s deal with Tesla should improve the confidence potential owners have in Hyundai’s excellent EV lineup.
Existing owners of Hyundai electric cars like the Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and Kona Electric won’t be left out, either. Starting in the first quarter of 2025, Hyundai will offer a plug adapter to drivers of its current EVs, which will also provide them with access to the Tesla Supercharger network. Hyundai has also committed to providing adapters to charge its NACS-equipped vehicles at chargers that use the CCS ports currently in use on most non-Tesla chargers.
Seven Automakers Partner on High Speed Charging
Hyundai is also one of the partners in an alliance of seven automakers that have announced a new, high-powered North American charging network. Together with Honda, General Motors, Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, and BMW, it has committed to building 30,000 high speed chargers across the U.S. and Canada, with the first slated to open in the summer 2024. The new network will feature both CCS and NACS ports to allow drivers of any electric vehicle to charge.
“Our collaboration with Tesla marks another milestone in our commitment to delivering exceptional EV experiences to our customers,” said José Muñoz, president and global COO of Hyundai. “This new alliance will provide Hyundai EV owners confidence in their ability to conveniently charge their vehicles and complements our joint venture company to create a new, high-powered charging network with at least 30,000 stations across North America.”
Hyundai EVs: Charging Speeds
Hyundai makes some of the most high-tech and fastest-charging electric vehicles on the market. The Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and forthcoming models feature the company’s advanced E-GMP platform, which is built on an 800-volt architecture and which can theoretically charge at up to 350 kW – faster than almost everything on the market. Most Tesla Superchargers won’t be able to deliver these maximum charging speeds, but there’s no doubting the extra convenience that access to the Tesla network will offer Hyundai drivers.