In Europe, Hyundai has released new packages offering preferential tariffs for the Ionity network in which the company holds a stake. Two Ionity packages, Premium and Lite, offer better charging rates. At the same time, drivers opting for the new Ioniq 5 receive up to two years Ionity Premium for free.
As a shareholder of Ionity, Hyundai Motor can provide reduced charging rates on the network’s otherwise pricey high power charge columns. While Hyundai had introduced the Ionity Premium package in May last year, the latest offer now waives the base price for those opting for the Ioniq 5 car.
All others may subscribe and pay a monthly fee starting at 13 euro, allowing charging at a reduced rate of EUR 0.27 per kWh in European markets.
Hyundai has also revealed the Lite package. Lite customers will also pay a reduced charging rate of EUR 0.52 per kWh at Ionity stations (instead of the regular 79 cents) on top of a monthly fee starting at EUR 4.50.
Prices in both packages resemble the offer Kia made EV6 drivers already last year as reported. Both the EV6 and the Ioniq 5 are based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated electric platform, the E-GMP, which ushers in a new model range.
The midsize CUV supports 800V ultra-fast charging, a first for any Hyundai model. The company claims that the 350 kW chargers available at all Ionity charging stations can therefore charge the Ioniq 5 from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes.
Hyundai beholds, however, that the exact monthly fees and per-kWh charging rates may differ by market.
In the UK, for example, the Ionity Premium package comes in at a base fee of 11.25 GBP/month for ultra-rapid charging rates of 0.25 GBP/kWh (instead of 0.69 GBP/kWH).
As in other markets, UK customers with an Ioniq 5 car who have registered with Charge myHyundai by 30 June 2022 will automatically receive the Ionity Premium Package for a year without having to pay the base fee. The offer is valid for each new Ioniq 5 vehicle.
Those first buyers who went for an Ioniq 5 Project 45, a limited-edition vehicle, will automatically receive the Ionity Premium Package free for 24 months.
All other Ionity subscriptions last twelve months with no automatic renewal, so Hyundai.
“By offering premium benefits, such as discounted access to the extensive Ionity high-power charging network and our Charge myHyundai subscription service, we’re placing the needs of our customers first,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, VP Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe, when announcing the offers.
The Hyundai Motor Group joined the Ionity fast-charging network in November 2020 as reported. Through its Hyundai and Kia brands, the Group bought a 20 per cent stake in the Europe-wide high power charging network founded by BMW, Ford, Daimler and Volkswagen.
Ionity now runs more than 1,600 high-power charge points in 24 European. In addition, Charge myHyundai gives customers access to more than 300,000 charge points in 29 European countries, including AC and DC connectors, thanks to a partnership with Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) Hyundai.
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