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Buy a Hyundai Kona, Ioniq get 250 kilowatt-hours of free Electrify America charging

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq and Kona are on sale now.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America
Buyers who add a 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric of Hyundai Ioniq Electric to their driveway get 250 kilowatt-hours of free charging via the Electrify America network. According to the electricity provider, 96 percent of the U.S. population lives within 120 miles of an Electrify America charger.

Customers will be able to access the complimentary charging by utilizing the Electrify America mobile app to locate a station and start a charging session.

"We know EV interest and sales are expanding, nationwide and more people are adding chargers to their homes every day," said Olabisi Boyle, Vice President, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. "Our Kona and Ioniq EV owners are getting additional peace of mind when heading out on longer trips with prepaid access to Electrify America's national fast-charging network. Electrify America's DC fast chargers more than meet the Kona and Ioniq's higher power charging capabilities."

EL Drivers can use their smartphone to take advantage of the offer.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Electrify America has more than 2,400 ultra-fast chargers across the country. Stations are located along major routes and in metro areas, strategically placed near shopping, banking and dining amenities. Each station has between three and ten individual DC fast chargers to accommodate multiple vehicles charging at one time. The chargers are capable of providing charging speeds of up to 350 kilowatts.

"Hyundai Kona and Ioniq Electric model owners can count on our ultra-fast charging network to provide convenient and reliable charging where and when they need it," said Wayne Killen, director of automotive and fleet business development at Electrify America. "With more than 500 charging stations in the U.S., Electrify America's network gives EV owners range confidence traveling across town or across the country. Kona and Ioniq owners gain access to our fast-charging network which was rated Number One by umlaut Inc. in Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine in its 2020 "Best-in-Test" award."

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric has a 258-mile all-electric range. It comes with a 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger. Using a 100-kilowatt DC fast charger, the car's 64 kilowatt-hour battery can reach an 80 percent charge in as little as 54 minutes.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers 170 miles of all-electric range.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai's 2021 Ioniq Electric has a 170-mile all-electric range. It has a 38.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack and also comes with a 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger. It too can charge to 80 percent in 54 minutes.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation2

Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

Photo courtesy of Nuro

After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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