We no longer support this web browser. Upgrade your browser for a better experience.

You read that right. Hyundai’s innovative vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology has been used to power a hotel, marking an exciting time for sustainable hospitality.
Bristol Street Motors

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Vehicle-to-Load Feature Used to Power Hotel

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Vehicle-to-Load Feature Used to Power Hotel

You read that right. Hyundai’s innovative vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology has been used to power a hotel, marking an exciting time for sustainable hospitality.

The world’s first electrically-powered hotel has been made possible, thanks to the Hyundai IONIQ 5’s Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature.

The hotel consists of a luxurious, cosy cabin complete with a restaurant and private cinema, named Hotel Hyundai, offering guests a unique hospitality experience that delivers on both style and sustainability.

What does the hotel offer?

The guest suite is a high-end luxury cabin courtesy of Colemans Farm, with a boutique interior design intended to provide a luxurious cabin experience to guests.

What’s more, is the hotel is also completely environmentally friendly, with the lights and other facilities all powered by a Hyundai IONIQ 5 and its V2L feature.

Hyundai Hotel Cabin View

An on-site bar and restaurant is also available to satisfy your appetite, offering a choice of sustainably sourced food and drink using local ingredients.

There is a choice of indoor or outdoor dining, and facilities include a fire for outdoor cooking, and even a coffee lounge offering freshly ground espresso by the car itself.

It’s all you need for the perfect relaxing get-away.

How does it work?

The hotel uses a Hyundai IONIQ 5’s Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature, which supplies AC power (230V/50Hz) up to a maximum of 3.6kW (or 15 Amps) to power the hotel.

An adapter is plugged into the hotel from the car where domestic appliances can be plugged in, and it’s as simple as that!

Hyundai Tucson Rear View

Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK said:

“Our award winning IONIQ 5 is able to power Hotel Hyundai using its V2L feature, where an adapter from the car provides a socket which domestic appliances can be plugged into.

The whole experience demonstrates the practicality of this pioneering technology, and we hope the concept inspires more people to go off grid.”

Where did it come from?

Hotel Hyundai is the work of broadcaster and critic Grace Dent and was launched after research completed by the manufacturer found that 46% of participants said sustainability and environmental protection are important to them when searching for a hotel.

A further 25% of these even said they are opting for staycations instead of holidays abroad in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Two fifths (40%) of participants said they are searching for cheaper travel options, and over half (55%) said that this is due to the rising cost of living.

Bearing this in mind, over half (53%) of participants said they would prefer to invest their holiday spend in the UK economy.

Though these weren’t the only reasons people preferred staycations. According to the research, 51% said they prefer them because they reduce the stress of travelling abroad due to travel disruptions and other factors, while 26% believed UK summers are becoming warmer and 25% due to the money-saving factor.

Grace Dent, Curator of Hotel Hyundai said:

“We’re looking for unique, memorable stays more now than ever and this is a delicious blend of innovation, luxury and comfort that gets you thinking.

With power coming from the car, where could Hotel Hyundai pop-up next? I’m excited for those staying with us to sample the sustainable, locally sourced menu as well as the equally fabulous cocktails, and of course to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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 this amazing hotel and the full experience it offers might be here again in 2023.”

The hotel was open for 14 nights only from 19th October – 5th November as part of a trial run, though it sure marks an exciting potential for the hospitality industry to join the electric revolution.

Enjoyed this article? Find more news and insights on our newsroom.