Fast charging technology both a range enabler for drivers, and a sales enabler for automakers

Kia Motors America has selected ABB to provide DC fast chargers to its dealer network to support the launch of the Soul EV model, hitting roads later this year. The chargers will be Terra 53 50kW models that accommodate Kia’s CHAdeMO fast charging inlet, capable of charging the new vehicle in 15-30 minutes.

The latest all-electric model to arrive in North America, Kia’s Soul EV is built with a 27kWh battery, yielding a range of approximately 80-100 miles on a full charge. Kia dealers with ABB’s charging stations will offer charging at no cost to Soul EV owners, with the first wave of stations populating dealer locations along the west coast.

“The Soul EV is a key vehicle within Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program, and having access to Level 2 and DC fast chargers at our select dealerships is an additional opportunity for Kia to provide value to Soul EV owners in comfortable, premiere locations,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America. “Our customers are making a sincere effort to be eco-conscious and Kia is committed to delivering both flexible and convenient charging options to Soul EV owners.”

Soul EV owners will be provided an RFID card, giving them access to the DC fast chargers via Greenlots SKY network system. Drivers will be able to easily find these charging stations via Kia’s smartphone app or the touchscreen inside the vehicle.

ABB’s Terra 53 charger wrapped in Greenlots’ SKY network, charging up the new Soul EV

Source : ABB2014-09-02

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