Hyundai launches “Charge Here” mobile EV recharging service

Service will be an extension of the company's roadside assistance program

October 10, 2018
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MONTREAL—Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has launched the “Hyundai Charge Here” mobile battery electric vehicle recharging service, now available in Montreal and Quebec City. The service uses three Hyundai IONIQ electric vehicles as mobile donor cars to provide roughly 7kW of charge—an estimated 40km of range—to the recipient vehicle in as little as 20 minutes.

The Charge Here service will be an extension of the company’s roadside assistance program through long-term strategic partner Club Auto and operated in the province by CAA Quebec.

After a call is placed for assistance, a Hyundai IONIQ with a power inverter in the trunk is sent to the location and provides the car with approximately 7kW of power, allowing the car to drive up to 40 km. While Charge Here was designed for the Hyundai IONIQ EV, the service will also work with other electric vehicles that have an SAE J1772 Combo Charging System connector.

Charge Here is made possible by a specially-designed, trunk-mounted converter that’s about the size of a large suitcase, two Level 3 EV charging cables, and a software update to the Ioniq EV to serve as a donor vehicle. The donor Ioniq EV has been programmed to allow a reversal of electrical flow from its battery through the charge port to the converter at speeds similar to a Level 3 charging station.