As part of these new partnerships, Ken Brown Kia is able to offer Kia EV and PHEV owners preferential prices for a home 7kW smart charger and its installation. Taking into account the £350 Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant, a “universal” Pod Point 7kW homecharge point costs just £509 – a £20 discount versus RRP - while the equivalent bp Chargemaster point costs just £549 – a £60 discount versus RRP.
Charging at home unlocks all the convenience and cost-effectiveness of owning one of Kia’s range of electric and plug-in hybrid models.
Many energy companies have introduced electricity tariffs tailored specifically to electric car owners, with customers who charge at home able to benefit from very low unit costs during the night – when there is less demand on the National Grid. Off-peak rates on certain tariffs can be as low as £0.047* versus standard rates of £0.20* per kWh. This means a Soul EV can be fully charged – delivering 280 miles of range – for as little as £3.
The Pod Point homecharger automatically manages charging speed to balance electrical load across the household and receives over-the-air software updates which can unlock new features. Drivers can use the free Pod Point App to see their homecharging activity and expenditure, as well as access over 3,700 public charging bays without membership fees or a subscription.
bp Chargemaster’s homecharger comes with a free Smartcharge app to manage it, and customers benefit from 24/7 customer support, 365 days of the year. bp Chargemaster additionally offers new Kia plug-in car customers two years’ complimentary Polar Plus subscription, when they install one of their homechargers. This unlocks many benefits when charging away from home. The Polar Plus subscription – which normally costs £188 over two years – allows customers to access free or discounted charging at over 7,000 charge points across the United Kingdom.
This offer needs to be redeemed within one month of the vehicle’s registration. With a Polar Plus subscription, customers will be able to charge a Soul EV at 50kW DC for £0.15 per kWh versus £0.25 when paying via the pay-as-you-go Polar Instant facility – a 40 per cent saving. Charging the Kia Soul EV using a 50kW DC charger replenishes the battery to 80 per cent in approximately 1 hour 15 minutes only.
Both Pod Point and Chargemaster home chargers come with a peace-of-mind three-year warranty and connect to the internet to provide ‘smart’ functionalities.
A wide range of plug-in vehicles are available from Ken Brown Kia, including the award-winning Kia e-Niro, Soul EV and plug-in hybrids including the XCeed PHEV and Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, Niro PHEV and soon to launch all-new Sorento PHEV; customers of which can benefit from these preferential partnerships. Outlined in its ‘Plan S’ strategy, Kia is investing significant efforts into the electrification of its current and future products, with a plan to offer 11 EVs by 2025.