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Hyundai, Nissan Roll Out Services to Make It Easier to Own an EV

  • Hyundai Home is a new online service the automaker is providing to electric vehicle customers to help them find local contractors to install EV home chargers, solar panels and perhaps a home battery.
  • Nissan also announced EV Carefree+ at the LA Auto Show. It’s a collection of services including free public charging and roadside assistance to reduce anxiety among new EV drivers.
  • With projects like this, automakers have experimented with different ways to encourage EV adoption. For example, GM will pay to have L2 home chargers installed when someone buys a new Bolt, and many automakers work with Qmerit to find reliable local contractors.

Hyundai is working to make it easier for car buyers to choose a plug-in vehicle with a new program called Hyundai Home. The new site, announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, acts as an intermediary between someone who just bought a new Hyundai EV and the tedious nuts and bolts of getting a home charger approved and installed and perhaps for some local government or utility incentives.

The Hyundai Home Marketplace uses your home address to find EV-related services available there. In my case, I could see options for rooftop solar and home battery storage, but the EV home charger section was not yet operational. Requesting information about rooftop solar brings up a personalized but automatically generated estimate of the lifetime savings from installing solar panels. The home energy storage tab works in a similar way and gives you an estimate of how much it will cost you to install enough batteries to power your home for a week. All of these estimates are refined by an actual installer or contractor once you complete the forms on the website, and the marketplace ultimately offers customers three bids for each project they might be interested in.

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Of what’s on Hyundai’s menu.

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Hyundai Home also offers human energy advisors who can answer questions about the technologies involved. Hyundai first announced the Hyundai Home project at the 2021 LA show and partnered with Electrum to bring it to life. The site currently operates in 16 states, but nationwide operation is “coming soon.”

Other companies working on EV Logistics

Hyundai has company when it comes to providing EV buyers with help setting up for home charging. For example, GM will cover Level 2 charging point installation for new Bolt EV or Bolt EUV customers, working with Qmerit to find verified installers. Automakers including Audi, BMW and Cadillac all work with Qmerit to find local electricians for their customers, and Qmerit also offers help installing home chargers for people who didn’t just buy their EV from a dealer.

Another new EV benefits program was announced alongside the Hyundai House at the LA show. Nissan has announced a “care initiative” called EV Carefree+ that will offer EV transition assistance to Ariya and Leaf buyers, as well as customers of future Nissan electric vehicles. EV Carefree+ is the brand name for some services Nissan already offered, such as an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty and roadside assistance, along with some free public charging with EVgo and included scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles. Nissan also partners with Qmerit for home charger installations.

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