Kia working with Amazon on home charging stations
Posted on March 28, 2019
Kia has apparently teamed up with retail giant Amazon to allow customers to buy their chargers online. The partnership will mean EV owners can buy their Level 2 charger on Amazon and have it delivered rather than having to go to the dealership or buy them elsewhere. It’s a small thing but makes the ownership experience a little easier.
The program includes all the features you already expect from Amazon. You will be able to select different chargers, check the specifications, read and leave reviews, buy online and schedule fitting through the website. Installation is also covered by Amazon guarantee too!
"Home-charging can't get any easier than this,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director of Car Planning and Telematics, KMA. "Being able to order a Level 2 charger and installation through Amazon further demystifies and simplifies the experience for new Kia EV and PHEV owners. It's just another example of how we're constantly striving to provide the very best vehicles and customer experience.”
Kia has two pure EVs on sale, the Soul EV and Niro EV and two PHEVs. With more on the way, it’s a good time to establish this tie-up.
2019 Kia Niro EV
The 2019 Kia Niro EV is a pure electric version of the very popular crossover. It also comes in gas and hybrid but it’s the EV we are talking about today.
The design is identical across the range with only the filled-in grille and special aero wheels to make this model out as different. There is a subtle flap within that grille for the plug but otherwise the crossover is a mirror of the gas and hybrid. It’s a good looking car with a low front end, raked windshield and rounded edges.
Inside, the cabin reflects Kia’s insistence on quality and simple design and is a nice place to be. Seats are supportive, visibility is great, controls are well made and positioned perfectly and the Niro has all the ingredients you look for in a new car.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV will use a 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery fitted under the floor. The electric motor generates 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. Range is estimated to be around 200 miles per charge. Charging is quick too, a full charge takes around 9.5 hours but you could get half range in just 30 minutes or 80% charge in just 75 minutes.
The Niro features regenerative braking which will take some getting used to but can help recharge the battery during use. The different driving modes, Eco, Normal, Sport and Eco+ vary the levels of regeneration along with other tweaks to alter the driving characteristics and range.
Overall, the 2019 Kia Niro EV is an excellent EV with very few compromises that electric driving used to demand. It looks good, drives well and with this fast charging option, doesn’t take long to get ready for longer journeys.
Check out the 2019 Kia Niro EV at Grimsby Kia
, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8.