Kia India has inaugurated the country’s fastest charger for passenger vehicles at the Dhingra Kia dealership in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR. This initiative is expected to provide access to charging solutions to not only Kia but all EV owners. Kia says that this is the first step toward developing an EV infrastructure in the country, and the company will be setting up more charging stations this year across its dealerships.
Equipped with 150 kWh power, the new fast charger can provide 10-80% of charging in under 42 minutes (may vary depending on the model). Customers can visit the Gurgaon dealership to access the charging by paying as per the usage.
Speaking on the occasion, Myung-sik Sohn, Chief Sales Officer, Kia India said, “At Kia India, it is our constant endeavour to provide a superior customer experience and we believe that such fast-charging solutions will take away issues of range anxiety & charging time that EV owners face.”
“We have begun the journey of providing an unparalleled EV experience across all our EV dealerships in the country and here, we will be able to cater to the charging requirements of EVs from other OEMs as well. We shall be installing a total of 15 such chargers across 12 cities by August 2022, and are hopeful that such small steps will go a long way in fostering EV adoption in the country,” he added.
As of now, Kia has only one fully electric vehicle in its Indian portfolio – the EV6, which is being imported to the country as a CBU (completely built unit) model. While the EV6 was originally limited to only 100 units, the demand exceeded Kia’s expectations, and the brand revealed that it will increase the allocation for India to meet it.