Electric vehicle charging provider Pod Point has become the official homecharge provider for Kia Motors UK after the two companies announced a two-year partnership.
As part of the deal, Pod Point will install smart charging units for the car maker’s customers throughout the UK. The new partnership was announced to coincide with the OEM’s launch of the 64kWh Kia e-Niro, the all-electric model with a stated range of 282 miles (454km).
“As a brand, we want to ensure that our plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle customers have access to the best homecharging solution to maximize the enjoyment of their car,” said Helen Mutter, general manager, planning and programs, Kia Motors.
“Pod Point impressed us with the quality of smart homechargers and the team’s commitment to excellent customer service. We’re looking forward to working with them as we roll out one of the most ambitious electrification strategies in the industry.”
All of Pod Point’s current range of smart homechargers include over-the-air updates, and the capability to remotely diagnose and fix simple problems. As of July 2019, only smart chargers will be eligible for the UK’s Office For Low Emission Vehicle’s (OLEV) homecharge grant.
“Kia Motors have announced some of the most exciting mass market EVs that we’re due to see launched in 2019 and we’re delighted to be providing homecharge solutions for their customers,” added Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point CEO and founder.