Kia launches European-wide public charging service for electric cars
South Korean automakers to offer access to 160,000 chargers
Kia Motors have just announced the launch of their new KiaCharge service. The South Korean motor manufacturer are working in partnership with Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) to offer their drivers access to around 160,000 charge points across Europe, including AC and DC connectors.
The service offers attractive tariffs for all Kia customers and is designed to fit their individual charging preferences. Owners will have access to the largest charging network in Europe and enjoy a streamlined one-payment solution via a single card and an app. This will allow Kia drivers to charge their cars throughout Europe without the need for additional contracts because payments are made via a single monthly invoice.
KiaCharge will be introduced in September and October of this year starting with Italy, Poland and Spain, and soon to be followed by Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. Customers in the UK will the see the service activated in the fourth quarter of 2020. Kia plans to extend the scheme in more countries in the near future.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, said: “The availability and suitability of public charge points remains a perceived hurdle for many would-be EV buyers. By introducing a comprehensive and easy-to-use public charging service for our customers, accessible from a single account, Kia is making EV ownership a viable option for many more car buyers.”