Hyundai Considers Joining Tesla’s N.A. Charging Alliance
Hyundai Motor Co. will consider making its vehicles more readily compatible with the charging standard Tesla Inc. is pushing for in North America, the South Korean automaker’s CEO said. Tesla’s Superchargers make up about 60% of available U.S. fast chargers and Ford Motor Co. and General Motors have in recent weeks struck deals with Tesla to use its charging technology, now dubbed the North American Charging Standard, or NACS.
Hyundai’s new electric cars, including the Ioniq 5, use an 800-volt electrical architecture to allow for faster charging, while Tesla’s Superchargers operate at a lower voltage. Hyundai plans to consult with Tesla to see whether it could make adjustments to its charging system for Hyundai customers so they could charge faster.