Electrify America and Kia Motors America have teamed up to offer a new charging program with special pricing for drivers of the Kia Niro EV.
The Kia Select program offers a flat rate of 35 cents per minute of charging, with no session or subscription fees. To participate, drivers can simply download the Electrify America charging app and complete a brief enrollment process.
The Kia Select program is available now in the US for all 2019 and 2020 model year Niro EV owners and lessees. It will continue at least until the end of 2020, at which time it be “re-evaluated.”
Are plans like this one threatened by California’s plan to eliminate time-based billing? Not in the short term. The per-minute billing ban will be phased in over several years. DC fast chargers installed before 2021 can continue time-based billing until 2033.
“Electrify America has worked closely with Kia Motors America to develop a pricing program that recognizes the unique charging profile of the Kia Niro EV, and enhances the charging experience of Niro EV drivers,” said Wayne Killen, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development at Electrify America.
“We believe this value-priced program will encourage more consumers to take advantage of the newest, fastest EV charging technology available, ensuring the charging experience matches the fun-to-drive EV model our customers have come to know and love,” said Kia Motors America President Michael Cole.