Electrify America announced an agreement with Hyundai to provide owners of the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 6 with two years of unlimited 30-minute complimentary charging sessions from the date of purchase at Electrify America’s network of DC fast chargers.
The IONIQ 6 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in as little as 18 minutes with its Ultrafast 800-Volt Multi-Charging system, has an EPA estimated driving range of up to 361 miles and goes on sale spring 2023.
“We are excited for a third collaboration with Hyundai to offer customers hyper-fast charging experiences to EV owners,” said Rob Barrosa, vice president of technology, Electrify America. “We look forward to helping advance the electric vehicle revolution with leading automakers such as Hyundai and their latest IONIQ 6 model.”
Electrify America will continue its collaboration with Hyundai to support Kona Electric, IONIQ 5 and now IONIQ 6, giving drivers access to speeds of up to 350kW for capable vehicles.
“Our investment in the 800V eGMP platform that enables DC fast charging aligned with customer research that our customers expect fast charging (10-80% in 18 mins) and high AER (361 miles),” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, product planning and mobility strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. “Our customer’s experience is further enhanced by our extended partnership with EA that provides complimentary access to the fastest charging network.”
Electrify America exists as government mandated penance for Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal. Without it, the state of non-Tesla charging would be extremely bleak. With this network of chargers in place, however, CCS infrastructure has bloomed up along interstate routes for the last few years in a rapid fashion. Having used them for most of this trip across the country, I can say that we can do no better than drop the “extremely” but it’s still pretty bleak.
Sections of Indiana and Colorado have been the worst of the trip thus far. Following the chargers means going several miles out of your way to get juice. For example, there are no public DC Fast chargers in a fairly large city like Ft. Wayne, Indiana, so we had to divert south through Ohio to Dayton in order to catch a charge to get to Indianapolis. In Colorado things got even more bleak, as the fastest chargers along our route were 125 kW stations, but they’re “shared” stations. If two cars are plugged in at the same time at the same location, it’ll split that 125 kW between them. And it won’t do it evenly, either. As we found out, second to get to the charger received around 30 kW and the first car to the station got 70-ish. We couldn’t account for the other 25.
The agreement with Polestar – a Swedish electric performance car brand owned by China’s Geely – will give Polestar 2 drivers free charging for two years.
“We are thrilled to announce this offer for current and future Polestar 2 owners, streamlining the EV ownership experience for our customers,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “Polestar is working continuously to provide them with substantial new benefits throughout their vehicle ownership journey, and this offer takes the stress and costs out of charging your Polestar 2.”
Electrify America’s more than 600 public stations across the USA. The announcement did not mention if the agreement extended to Electrify Canada, a subsidiary of Electrify America.
As part of Electrify America’s commitment to drive EV adoption and the future of mobility forward, the company announced plans to double its current EV charging infrastructure in the United States, with plans to have more than 1,700 ultra-fast charging stations and 9,500 individual chargers installed by the end of 2025. This expansion is a focused effort to build an advanced network consisting almost exclusively of 150 and 350 kW ultra-fast chargers – the fastest charging speeds available today – at convenient locations to provide customers with a superior charging experience.
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