Hyundai Ioniq 5 supplies Tiny Home Office with power

Swedish designers have come up with a tiny house with a mobile power supply. The battery of Hyundai's electric car, which offers an adapter for donating electricity, is supposed to take care of that.

In view of the Corona-related tendency to work from home, designers from Studio puisto have dreamed of their office in the middle of nature - where you work is increasingly irrelevant as long as you can be online. And for that you need electricity. Of course, a roof over your head and protection from the weather would also be important. And last but not least, a bit of this internet. But there is always something.

Except for the fast surfing pleasure, this should offer a chic tiny house made of larch wood with a large panorama window, which Studio puisto designed in the way you would imagine Scandinavian designers: bright and clear, but somehow cozy. The one-room house with the interesting roof shape should be easy to park in a van or even in a helicopter, even in remote locations. The design does not explain how the room is supposed to come into a stable horizontal position. In addition, the designers seem to assume that office workers also want to satisfy natural needs in nature, because sanitary facilities cannot be found, but they are mentioned as an option.,

Hyundai's Ioniq 5 replaces a power connection

A power connection outside the house but is illustrated. There you should be able to connect the battery of an electric car, which donates electricity to the house. Very few e-cars are currently able to do this. The Ioniq 5 does. Thanks to its bidirectional charging capability, it can also deliver electricity – up to 3.6 kW. With the help of an adapter, this is also possible outside of the Ioniq 5 via the charging connection on the rear right. The battery, which is flat in the floor and which, like in the Porsche Taycan, works with 800 instead of the previously usual 400 volt system voltage, otherwise receives its energy from this.,

For external consumers, the Ioniq must of course transform the voltage down to 230 volts. With 3600 watts, a coffee machine, a refrigerator, a microwave or an air heat pump for heating can be operated in addition to a laptop and lighting. And quite a long time too: Even if the e-crossover only has the smaller battery with 58 kWh on board and the external consumers would constantly demand full power, around 30 kWh remained in the battery after an 8-hour working day - enough even in winter for a journey home of more than 100 kilometers.,

How much does it cost to supply external consumers?

The scenario and a home office in the middle of nowhere may be unrealistic - maybe that's why the designers didn't show any pictures of how the house is wired inside. But for an e-car that can supply external electrical consumers, there is definitely a need, quite apart from using the car battery as a buffer storage for the power grid. Just think of working with the notebook without a 12-volt adapter or USB connection for power supply. Unfortunately, the Ioniq 5 does not help there either: There is only an optional 12-volt socket in the trunk. The adapter for connecting Schuko plugs to the charging socket on the outside of the car can only be found in the Ioniq 5 configurator in the Unique package. Cost point: 11,850 euros. From December 2021, the adapter should also be available separately as a Hyundai accessory. Then it only costs 399 euros.,


A Swedish furniture store once had the claim "Discover the possibilities". This also applies to the Swedish tiny house with an e-car connection. However, there are certainly more sensible usage scenarios for bidirectional charging than those of an office away from home.


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