Thinking of going electric? Take the hassle out of making the switch.
We have partnered with Energia to provide a Free Home Charger with installation for your electric or plug-in hybrid Kia.
Plus save 20% on Energia's green electricity when you register a 212 Kia and switch your domestic electricity supply to Energia. Our Free Home Charger promotion is available with:
If you have even more questions, you’re not alone. Here are the most frequently asked at a glance.
This depends on lots of different factors including the speed you drive at, how often you accelerate, the terrain, climate, geographical factors such as altitude, and the amount of cargo you’re transporting. The e-Niro and e-Soul are now capable of driving in excess of 450 km on a single charge. The Niro PHEV can drive in Full Electric Mode for a range of 55kms on a single charge, after which it switches to combined electric and petrol operation (HEV Mode). These values have been tested in the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure) test cycle and converted back to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) in addition measured according to the RDE (Real Driving Emissions method).
Your best option, if you have off-street parking, is to charge your electric car at home. It is convenient and surprisingly cost-effective. With government incentive schemes that reimburse up to €600, now is the time to get a home charger fitted. Charging speeds vary depending on your particular unit set-up. You can also make use of public charging networks when out and about, with more and more street-side stations available. Simply plug in your car’s charging cable, activate the charge point (usually via either a contactless RFID card or mobile app) and leave the car to do the rest. Please note that you will have to apply to the ESB for a card to use the public charging network. On street charging is free at present but charges are planned for introduction this year.
Considering the variety of electric cars and charging stations out there, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the time involved in EV charging can vary too. Overall charging time will depend on whether you have a mid-range or long range battery and the charging mode you use. The period of time an electric car’s battery will take to recharge is determined by how many kilowatts (kW) the charging station can provide and how many your car can accept. The higher the battery wattage, the slower your electric vehicle will be charged up. A mid-range Kia will charge from a domestic Wallbox (to 100%) in about 6 hours and to 80% at a public DC rapid charger in just 35 minutes. A long range e-Niro or e-Soul Kia will charge from a domestic Wallbox (to 100%) in about 9 hours and to 80% at a public rapid DC charger in just 55 minutes. A Kia Niro PHEV will give you up to 55km of electric drive for just under 3 hours of charging time.
A plug in hybrid is very similar to a standard hybrid vehicle (HEV) but with one major difference: A standard hybrid car doesn’t have a plug for topping up its battery. A HEV charges mainly by using the vehicles combustion engine. A smart regeneration system also recuperates some energy whenever you brake or coast, reaching maximum regeneration in downhill situations The plug-in hybrid Niro works just like the standard hybrid, except it has a larger battery and gives you the additional option of charging it from an electric outlet. This can extend its electric range up to 55 kilometres and give low mileage drivers the opportunity of doing all, or a significant amount of , their day to day driving in full EV mode. When the battery is low it simply changes to Hybrid mode and “self-charges” in the same way.
There are essentially two options available to you – charging your EV at home using your own domestic mains electricity supply, or making use of public charging stations. This will affect the types (and speeds) of charging available to you. There are three categories or types of charging: Trickle Charge, AC Charge and DC Charge. Trickle Charge is the slowest method of charging at home, using a standard (three-prong) 220V plug. It doesn’t require installation of additional charging equipment and it can charge approx. 65 km of range in 5 hours (overnight), or 200 km in 14 hours. Using Trickle Charge is only recommended in urgent cases when you have low battery charge and cannot drive to a public station or access an AC wallbox at home. This is because the use of household electricity may cause problems associated with electricity bills and electrical loads, so always use this charge solution with caution and discuss with your electricity provider before first use. Purchasing an ICCB (In Cable Control Box) cable when using Trickle Charge is recommended, for maximum reliability and peace of mind. AC Household Charging is the most common and recommendable home charging option. By having a wallbox installed at your home, you can charge your EV approx. 3-4 faster than using Trickle Charge. AC Public Charging is also available, which is much faster again, although the majority of public charging stations use DC Fast Charging. It is the fastest way to charge your EV, providing power from 50kW and above. Using this method you can top up your battery from 20 to 80% in approx. 40 minutes.
While the density of charging stations varies from market to market, one thing is for sure: Europe’s electric vehicle charging network is growing all the time – with an ever-denser infrastructure of public charging stations popping up at shopping centres, car parks, places of work and motorway service stations across the continent. And with the growing demand for car charging points, and given the impact of innovation and technology, this EV charging infrastructure is set to continue expanding and improving in the future. And what’s more: All Kia Electrified Vehicles offer Kia Live Services provided by TomTom® with a Parking Space and EV Charging Station Finder Map that conveniently guide you to the nearest charging station, wherever you happen to be in Europe.
❯ The following terms and conditions apply to the Energia / Kia free home charge point and installation offer, plus 20% discount off Energia green energy. In the event of any conflict, these terms and conditions shall prevail.
❯ Charger Model shown for illustrative purposes and subject to change.
❯ Free Charger Offer is subject to standard installation and customer eligibility for €600 SEAI electric vehicle home charger grant 1
❯ One charger installation is applicable per claimant and no cash alternative is on offer.
❯ The offer is open to all retail customers who purchase a new 212 e-Niro, e-Soul, XCeed PHEV, Ceed SW PHEV or Niro PHEV by 31st August 2021 and switch their domestic electricity supply to Energia.
❯ The offer is redeemable through Joe Duffy Kia on registration of your new Kia electric car.
❯ Kia and Energia reserve the right to withdraw the Offer, either generally or in respect of any particular customer, at any time and to vary or amend any element of the Offer at any time without further notice.
❯ These terms and conditions may be varied or amended by Kia and Energia for any valid commercial, technical or operational reason.
❯ If you enter into the Promotion you agree that we may use your personal details to administer and run this offer.
❯ Electricity discount based on Energia standard unit rates. Estimated Annual Bill €1,594.572 based on average annual usage, 1 year discount on standard unit rates. Includes standing charge, PSO Levy & Carbon Tax. T&Cs & early termination fee apply. Valid from May 2021, prices subject to change.
2 Based on a driving efficiency of 6.3km per kWh of charge, a customer having a 24 hour meter in their home, customer charging their vehicle at 20% discount on our standard unit rates and travelling 16,352km in their vehicle per year.