As electric vehicles are taking over the automobile industry, now various applications of electric vehicles are coming to the limelight. Hyundai planned a hotel in Essex, England. It will be powered by its Ioniq 5 electric vehicle. The hotel will have a luxury cabin, private cinema, and restaurant.
The Hotel Hyundai concept was launched by the automaker after research commissioned by it that included 2,000 holidaymakers showed results that over 55 percent shared that the cost of living crisis has made them rethink their future holiday plans. Around 44 percent would prefer staycations in 2023 compared to 2022. The change in this outlook has been attributed to reasons like sustainability, supporting local businesses, and a stress-free traveling experience.
The highlight of this hotel is that everything inside from lights to charging points to the kettle and shower will be powered by the Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV and its vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology. The Curator of Hotel Hyundai Grace Dent said, “I hope this three-week pop-up hotel is just the start for this concept of a car plugging in and powering a luxury experience like this. I’m predicting that guests will be hoping that his amazing hotel and full experience it offers might be here again in 2023.”
Powering the hotel
Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV will be able to power the hotel using its V2L feature that supplied AC power up to a maximum of 3.6 kW power consumption. An adaptor from the car will provide a socket into which standard domestic appliances can be plugged. Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK Ashley Andrew stated, “The whole experience demonstrates the practicality of this pioneering technology, and we hope the concept inspires more people to go off-grid.”
Unlike several of its competitors, Hyundai Motor Group has been rather quick in embracing the electrification of its vehicles and has taken the process leaps further by exploring adjacent technologies to support the process. This includes development in autonomous technologies, advanced EV charging, and even the “world’s first bi-directional city.” Furthermore, the South Korean automaker has put heavy funds into R&D and often holds innovation contests for younger generations.
To help provide some time away without breaking the bank (or the grid), Hyundai Hotel is accepting entries to win a stay in the English countryside. The guest suite consists of a high-end luxury cabin that offers charging points, a shower, and an absolutely vital tea kettle – all powered by the IONIQ 5 and its V2L tech. The restaurant menu and mixology were curated by Dent and include sustainable, locally sourced ingredients from Essex. The restaurant includes indoor-outdoor dining, cooking over a fire, and an IONIQ 5 coffee lounge that delivers espresso brewed using energy from the EV.