Hyundai Motor Group is setting up a network of high power charging stations in South Korea in preparation of the domestic launch of the group’s first two 800-volt platform-sharing electric vehicles, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

The planned 350 kW infrastructure will charge the 800-volt system’s EV battery to 80 per cent within 18 minutes. Hyundai claims this to be twice as fast as current fast-charging and will provide 100km worth of charge in five minutes.

Hyundai initially plans to install its ultra-rapid chargers across 20 sites, which it is calling E-Pits, located at 12 highway service stations and eight city sites.

Upon launch the Ioniq 5 and EV6 800-volt models will be the only vehicles capable of using the ultra-rapid chargers, but Hyundai-Kia intends to open up the network to other manufacturers offering compatible systems. Hyundai also says it is looking for partnerships with other EV charging station operators in South Korea.