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Old 03-15-2019, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Kia EV and Hybrid Charging System Amazon and Kia are partnering one-stop sho

Kia EV and Hybrid Charging System

Amazon and Kia are partnering to offer one-stop shopping for home charging stations.

The charging stations are available only for owners of 2019 Kia Soul EV, Niro EV, and Niro and Optima plug-in-hybrid models.

Three Level 2, 240V charging units are available. They cut recharge times drastically, from nine to three hours for the plug-in hybrids and from 33 hours to about five hours for the EVs.

Owners of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids know that the best way to extract the longest range from their vehicle is to keep its large battery charged as fully—and as often—as possible. And the best way to ensure that an electrified vehicle's battery is topped up is to have a Level 2, 240V home charging station in the garage that you can plug in to every time you pull in.

Kia and Amazon have just announced a joint program that makes purchasing a home charger and having it installed no more difficult than buying any other product from the huge online retailer. The product is open only to owners of Kia plug-in vehicles: the Soul and Niro EVs and the Niro and Optima plug-in hybrids. You can also sign up for it if you've purchased one of the requisite models but haven't taken delivery yet.

Owners of a qualifying vehicle can go to Amazon's Charge my Kia page. A simple two-step process offers the choice of three home chargers and then prompts you to schedule an appointment with a local licensed and insured electrician to assess what, if any, changes need to be made to the home's electrical system to accommodate the charger. (Many homes will need to have a new 240V line run to the garage wall.) The electrician will provide a price for installation, and both product and service are backed by Amazon's Happiness Guarantee.

Prices for the three charging units range from $549 to $764; installation costs will vary based on the electrician's hourly rate and their review of the home's electrical system. It's worth it. The Level 2 home charging units cut recharge times drastically compared with Level 1 units, which run on standard 120V current: recharge time for the Soul EV, for instance, is reduced from 33 hours on Level 1 charging to as low as 5.1 hours on a Level 2 unit.

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