Kia and Hyundai start their EV charging services

by Feb 25, 2021

Recent announcements made by two motor giants Kia and Hyundai revealed their plans to expand their EV charging network for their UK EV drivers. Kia started its network service KiaCharge which on its launch will be compatible with the chargers of BP Pulse, Pod Point, Source London, Chargepoint, NewMotion and Char-gy and with Ionity launching later this year. With NewMotion also using charge points of Alfen, it may also be compatible with their chargers as well. This gives Kia’s BEV- and PHEV-drivers access to more than 13,900 charge points across the UK, meaning access to around 68 per cent of the public charging network from a single account. Charge MyHyundai which is the network service launched by Hyundai will give access to the largest charging network in the UK of around 15,000 chargers to its EV drivers. Owners of the Company’s BEV and PHEV models will be able to enjoy a streamlined one-payment solution via a single app or single radio-frequency identification (RFID) card. Access to EV chargers is one of the main requirements to shift to the electric vehicle age. With multiple companies offering new models every month, availability of chargers to charge them either at home or public places is necessary, and with plans like announced by the two companies is essential to make charging efficient and easy for EV drivers. Having an open network, commonly called Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) allows the stations and software that are OCPP-compliant to talk to and work with each other, even if they’re created by different companies. This announcement is especially important for the UK market, as with recent records of adoption of BEVs and PHEVs show that drivers are here are cautiously moving forward with the adoption electric vehicle change, and only recently BEVs and PHEVs ales have become equal while other big countries of Europe have started adopting BEVs at a much higher rate compared to PHEVs. The two companies also announced partnership in 2019 to manufacture 100 350kW high power DC chargers in 20 locations across South Korea, but they intended it to keep it open for third party vehicles. Link to the news: