Hyundai Turns To AeroVironment To Supply Dealerships With Charging Stations

DEC 6 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai has selected AeroVironment as its preferred charging station provider for dealerships in the U.S. For AeroVironment, Hyundai is the seventh carmaker to select the company to provide chargers.

The Korean company is just now launching sales of 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which arrived late in November.

AeroVironment home charging stations will naturally also be available to order by Hyundai customers when purchasing their vehicles.

“The AeroVironment 240-volt TurboCord and the EVSE-RS charging station can charge the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid in less than three hours versus the approximate nine hours needed using a standard 120-volt charging cable. AeroVironment’s UL-listed products can be installed indoors or outdoors, making it easy to locate the station in the most convenient location.”

“Hyundai owners can purchase AeroVironment home chargers and installation when purchasing their vehicles at the Hyundai dealership. AeroVironment-certified, licensed electricians, who are also specially qualified to support EV drivers, perform on-site installation and services.”

Ken Karklin, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Efficient Energy Systems business segment said:

“Having your own charging station right in your garage or driveway gives Hybrid and EV drivers a special kind of freedom. It makes charging a car as easy as charging a cell phone. AeroVironment’s portfolio of EV charging solutions gives the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and other EVs the benefits and convenience of faster charging and cleaner driving at home and on the road.”

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The more the merrier.

A large company like Hyundai can install Supercharger in all their dealerships and also few places on the highway. This will help the company advertise the Sonata Plugin , Soul-EV and also the upcoming Optima Plugin just like Tesla did with their supercharging network.

These facilities help in increasing the product sales.

Yeah.. except, none of their cars can use it.

They’re not SuperChargers.
At 240VAV, that would be an L2.

Insteadof the expensive round 30 amp thing, I’d think most cust would get the turbo cord.

Hyundai should just do what Volvo is doing and include the TurboCord Dual with the car. That way, the owner has both 120V and 240V charging with no additional hardware to buy. If they want to charge at more than 1.4kW, they just have a NEMA 6-20 outlet installed. I’m assuming their PHEV only has a 16A on-board charger.

Excellent advice for any PEV manufacturer. Volvo provides the turbo cord with their PHEV, Porsche provides a dual voltage 120/240 V charge cord, and Tesla does as well.

It is past time for Nissan, GM, and the others to get on board and equip all of their PEVs with dual voltage 120/240 V charge cords. The lower cost of installing a NEMA 6-20 outlet, and the faster charging provided by 240 V, adds a lot of customer value. All for just a very reasonable cost of just specifying dual voltage when sourcing OEM charging cords.


Bill: I agree 1000% with you on this. All BEV’s (and even PHEV’s such as the Volt)should come with such cords. The cars come with cords anyway, why not give drivers the better and cheaper cord? Those upgraded cords provide so much better charging flexibility. Most BEV’s would still be perfectly well served by the modest but improved 240V/120V cords.


ALl OEMs should just adopt the Tesla supercharger standard. The patents are free, all they have to do is vastly expand the number of charging stations on the Tesla network to get access to the existing Tesla chargers and the patents.
Monkeying around with three standards (SAE/CCS, CHadeMO and Tesla) two of which are inferior to Tesla is just wasting time and money and convenience. Tesla has the fastest, best, most efficient supercharger design with an existing world wide network.
Stop fooling around and get it done

Sorry, have to disagree with you here.

For one thing, GM and most of the other car makers have more money than Tesla. If Tesla can afford to build out their own highway infrastructure, then I assure you GM could if they wanted to. There is no reason a CCS fast charging infrastructure can’t be just as good as Tesla’s.

If GM were to adopt Tesla’s standard, then you’d have to ask this. Does that mean having a J1772 port on the car for level 2, then a Tesla port for supercharging? Or would everyone have to use an adapter like Tesla drivers do? Then what happens to the thousands of J1772 stations already in existence and all of the cars that are designed to charge from those?

The CCS combo charger really is better for standardization.

David says, “If Tesla can afford to build out their own highway infrastructure, then I assure you GM could if they wanted to.” The rub, David, is they say “They are not in the infrastructure business!” So don’t be expecting that to change suddenly, like they saw the light.

BMW and partners might get things started in expanding CCS in USA, but GM is not so likely to yet.

The fact that Chevy is coming out(with supposedly high hopes)with the Bolt, and yet do not seem to recognize the need for a comprehensive charging infrastructure, is not a good sign. It is true that maybe they do not need to be in the car charging business, but someone has to address this obvious need. If the CCS OEM’s all get together and invest in a 3rd party supplier(a consortium?)then this could be easily rectified. Without the ability to easily, quickly and affordably charge the Bolt, it will simply be a boondoggle. Let’s really hope for better than that.