Hyundai & Tesla Unveil Major Magic Dock Supercharger Enhancements!
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The Supercharger experience just got significantly better for owners of EGMP EVs on Hyundai' Groups 800 volt platform. Where before models including the Kia EV6, Genesis GV60, and Hyundai's IONIQ 5/6 would have been capped at 42kW and hours of charging, Magic Dock Superchargers will now deliver 97kW, cutting charge times in half.
- Steve Birkett, Senior EV Editor
October 27th, 2023 – Hyundai Group and Tesla have worked together to roll out improvements to the Magic Dock Supercharger experience for Hyundai-Kia-Genesis models with 800-volt systems.
The Magic Dock solution is essentially a CCS1 adapter moulded into a regular V3 Tesla Superchager housing. Tesla rolled out the pilot with limited Magic Dock locations in New York and California back in March, but has since expanded the system to more than 30 locations across 15 states and two locations in Ontario.
Although many drivers of 400V non-Tesla electric vehicles reported positive experiences at Magic Dock locations, 800V models like the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, Porsche Taycan, and Genesis GV60 encountered power delivery 4-5x lower than the capability of their EGMP-based vehicles. This equated to charge sessions that would take hours rather than the 18 minutes 10-80% charge time owners of these models have come to expect.
Although Tesla and Hyundai's solution still caps the peak charge rate at 97kW, this is more than double what owners were previously seeing from Magic Dock stations and makes Superchargers with this feature a more viable option for owners of EGMP models. Comments from the Hyundai-Kia engineering team speculate that the system could deliver up to 200kW with future updates, although Tesla's move to higher voltage V4 Superchargers could make this a moot point.
On the back of Hyundai Group's recent announcement that it will adopt Tesla's connector type for models from 2025 onwards, the news of improved power delivery for EGMP owners on Magic Dock paints a positive picture for buyers considering a Hyundai, Kia, or Genesis EV in the near future.