Hyundai has opened the world’s first hotel powered by its IONIQ 5 all-electric vehicle, a battery-powered SUV that can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Nestled in the picturesque town of Essex, Hotel Hyundai is being billed as the perfect destination for a short break or mini vacation. Just an hour away from central London, the hotel offers easy access to all the sights and sounds of the city, while also providing a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The new pop-up hotel is designed to help demonstrate the vehicle-to-load capability the automaker is building into its vehicles. The V2L system allows EVs to be connected to a variety of devices and appliances, providing a reliable and sustainable source of power. In addition to powering the hotel’s lights and other equipment, the V2L system can also charge EV batteries, providing a valuable source of backup power for guests.
The Hotel Hyundai in Essex is operational for only 14 nights between October 19 and November 5. The hotel will provide its guests with a variety of amenities, including a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a business center. The hotel will also offer a variety of dining options, including a restaurant, a bar, and a café. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of activities during their stay, including hiking, biking, and skiing.
As people look to save money and avoid crowded airports and planes, mini-breaks in the UK have become increasingly popular. Hyundai commissioned a study of 2,000 vacationers to better understand this trend. The results showed that more than 55% of participants had reevaluated their vacation plans due to the cost-of-living crisis. Of those surveyed, 44% said they would likely go on more staycations in 2023 compared to 2022. Additionally, 31% highlighted that staycations were better for shorter vacations or breaks. And three out of ten vacationers noted that the UK countryside was a good place to enjoy their mini-breaks.
The hotel is part of Hyundai’s goal to promote sustainable tourism. In addition to being powered by the IONIQ 5, the hotel also features solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. The solar panels provide enough power to run the hotel for two days, while the rainwater harvesting system provides water for the hotel’s toilets and gardens.