When Hyundai unveils its new “Hyundai Home” website in 2022, homeowners in the United States will be able to purchase a whole-home energy package from the South Korean automaker, including an EV charger.
Hyundai Home will sell solar panels, batteries, and electric car chargers through a “one-stop-shop” that will include a personalized concierge checkout experience for buyers, showcasing the potential in a tiny home exhibit.
While it has yet to be presented in the United States, a Hyundai spokeswoman told The Driven that it “would function well in our market.”
It’s no surprise that other carmakers are growing into the residential sector, while other energy firms are pushing into electric vehicles, as more and more homeowners want to switch to electric cars and augment their home energy demands with free electrons from the sun.
Tesla, of course, offers solar panels and batteries alongside famous electric models like the Model 3 and Model Y, while SPI Energy, a solar panel and battery storage company based in California, just unveiled the EF1-T, a solar-paneled electric truck.
Hyundai, of course, has a number of electric vehicles, with its first dedicated electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5, selling out in Australia within hours.
It has an optional solar roof that can assist extend driving range (by as much as 2,000 free kilometers per year, according to the company), and it can also be used to charge electronics and even other electric vehicles thanks to vehicle-to-load charging.
Rather than providing a menu with a variety of items and leaving customers to make what might be difficult purchase selections, Hyundai Home intends to assist customers in selecting the best products from partners to meet their specific needs.
“The goal of the Hyundai Home energy ecosystem is to provide an end-to-end mobility solution that lowers the barriers to EV adoption and gives customers dependable, industry-leading, clean electric power, and the ability to charge their electric vehicle at home,” said Olabisi Boyle, VP for product planning and mobility strategy for Hyundai Motor North America.
“With Hyundai Home, Hyundai is delivering a seamless EV ownership experience that empowers consumers to adopt eco-friendly technologies in the manner that best fits their lifestyles.”
Hyundai Home has not stated whose partners it expects to sell its products to, although the South Korean manufacturer has been producing solar panels since 2004.
According to PV Magazine, Hyundai Energy Solutions opened a 1.37GWh solar cell plant in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong Province, in March, where it produces mono PERC cells for the South Korean and US markets.