EVgo, a public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network, announced a multi-year contract with Hyundai and Kia that will provide the auto manufacturers’ North American EV drivers with on-board, real-time access and availability to more than 1,000 EVgo fast charging stations.
Beginning in Spring 2019, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV drivers will easily access EVgo station location information via their vehicles’ available connected navigation systems and its cloud platform operated by Hyundai MnSOFT, a subsidiary of HMG.
The contracted EVgo network data available to Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV drivers will include current charger availability information, routing drivers to open chargers at nearby stations. A Kia UVO account for the Niro EV and a Hyundai Blue Link account for the Kona Electric are required to view EVgo station location information.
“EVgo is committed to enabling EV adoption across the United States by working with leaders in transportation electrification to ensure awareness and access to EVgo’s rapidly expanding, public fast charging network,” said Cathy Zoi, EVgo CEO. “The inclusion of EVgo station location and availability in Hyundai and Kia’s in-vehicle navigation systems makes it easier for drivers to find and use EVgo’s reliable and convenient fast charging stations.”
EVgo Fast Chargers are compatible with any EV that accepts a fast charge. EVgo is adding 150kW and 350kW chargers to its network to charge future Hyundai and Kia customer vehicles at even faster speeds.