Kia launches new EV charging service
23 February 2021
Author: Sean Keywood
Kia has launched a new service it says gives drivers access to more than 13,900 UK EV chargers.
KiaCharge allows Kia EV and plug-in hybrid drivers to access charging networks including BP Pulse, Pod Point, Ionity, Source London, Chargepoint, Newmotion, Char-gy, and ESB, along with other networks including some regional services, and there are plans to expand further during 2021.
This includes access to more than 1,300 rapid chargers, offering speeds above 50kW.
In addition, the service, created in partnership with Digital Charging Solutions, also allows access to more than 178,000 extra chargers across 28 other European countries.
The service can be accessed using a smartphone or an RFID card, with payments made via a monthly invoice, and there's a choice of tariffs, with an Easy option said to be aimed at light users, and Plus for more regular customers.
The smartphone app also allows drivers to see real-time information for individual networks or chargers, including pricing, availability, and technical information such as the type of plug available. Users can also apply filters to locate the ideal station for them, by charging point operator, charging speeds, times of operation, socket type, or access method, and can plan routes around charger locations.
Kia Motors UK president and CEO Paul Philpott said: "The availability and suitability of public charge points remains a perceived hurdle for many would-be electric car buyers.
"KiaCharge seeks to remedy this by providing a comprehensive, easy-to-use public charging service for our customers, accessible from a single account.
"This is a major step for Kia as we look for new ways to make EV ownership a more viable and stress-free option for many more drivers."