Hyundai’s electric car Ioniq 5 has bi-directional charging, which allows owners to power electronic devices from the car battery. Conventional car batteries can be used to charge laptops and smartphones only and drain quickly if plugged into anything more powerful — portable fridge, sound system etc. The car comes with the option to install a solar-panel roof to charge the battery, giving the EV an additional driving range of about 1,300 km annually.
Hyundai is in early talks with Apple to cooperate on EV and batteries. The news made Hyundai’s shares surge 24% to hit seven years high. “Apple and Hyundai are in discussions but they are at an early stage and nothing has been decided,” Hyundai said in a statement. Details about the talks with Apple were not disclosed. The two companies work together on CarPlay, Apple’s software for connecting iPhones to vehicles from a variety of automakers.