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Chelsea stars train with the new Hyundai IONIQ 5

Chelsea stars train with the new Hyundai IONIQ 5

Watch Chelsea’s players take part in a training session with a difference, courtesy of Hyundai Motor UK.

Dozens of footballs were launched at the star footballers by a machine powered by the all-new, all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5.

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, defender Ben Chilwell and striker Olivier Giroud were joined by the electric vehcile (EV) which has clever ‘vehicle-to-load’ technology that allows bi-directional charging.

This means the car’s powerful 800v battery can function as a 110/220V power outlet for electronic devices – in this case the Premier League side’s ball launchers.

The machines were then plugged into the IONIQ 5, giving the Premier League stars a tricky time as the balls were hurled towards them at high speeds.

“The new IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s first standalone electric vehicle and we wanted to show the benefits of its bi-directional charging,” said Ashley Andrew, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK.

“We thought it would be a fun idea to demonstrate the technology with our partners at Chelsea FC.

“While vehicle-to-load technology wasn’t necessarily designed to help footballers stay in shape on the training ground, it shows how versatile and useful the tech can be for motorists.”

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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