South Korea’s fast-charging network is expected to expand significantly over the coming years with several major announcements in the past months. The latest one is Hyundai unveiling plans to nearly double its fast-charging network in the country, the E-Pit. The company also plans to roll out tens of thousands of chargers by 2025 with recent new partners, Lotte Group and KB Asset Management. These announcements came a few months after Tesla opened its Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs in South Korea. With the EV market expected to grow rapidly in the country, the race for prime locations to secure future charging market shares has been intensifying considerably.

Hyundai E-Pit network: expanding DC charging infrastructure rapidly

Hyundai currently operates 286 fast chargers in Korea through its ‘E-Pit’ network, across 54 locations. By next year, the company wants this to increase to 500 fast chargers. Providing chargers with a speed up to 350kW, the E-Pit network was created in 2021, following the release of the company’s first 800-volt capable electric vehicles, the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. In addition, last year, Hyundai unveiled its own 350kW high-power charging column, the Blue Plug, after receiving approval from the Korean government. The new unit is expected to be installed on the E-Pit network soon.  

Setting new partnerships to face upcoming competition

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