Kia powers ahead with fastest EV chargers in Europe (100 kW CHAdeMO & CCS)
Kia announced that it's powering ahead with the fastest EV chargers in Europe. The automaker recently installed two 100 kW chargers at is European headquarters in Frankfurt.
This fastest EV chargers in Europe is not exactly true as Tesla has 120/135 kW in Europe, however we must admit that the 100 kW for CHAdeMO itself is the highest level ever implemented to date.
It's promising to see that the CHAdeMO Alliance is upping the power. 100 kW compared to the more common 50 kW brings charging time of Kia Soul EV from empty to 80% from 33 to 25 minutes. Battery pack is 27 kWh.
This is not the only infrastructure project from Kia, as in Europe Kia launched a special program for AC and DC charging points:
"Following the installation of the new 100 kW DC chargers at the brand’s European headquarters, Kia plans to roll out a network of 233 charging stations across its Soul EV retailers and national sales organisations’ headquarters in Europe. This is in addition to the existing network of 140 EV charging stations already installed at various Kia distributors and dealers, giving consumers access to a total of 373 Kia charging stations. This is part of a wider plan from Kia to install a robust charging network around the world, as the Soul EV is to be sold globally."
We don't know how many of them will be DC fast chargers, nor do we know how many of the DC units will be 100 kW. We know however the manufacturer of those chargers: It's Signet Systems Inc, the Korean power electronics provider founded in 1998.
Kia is silent about the fact that these chargers have second plug on the other side and it's CCS combo plug (European version). Probably 100 kW too. Why is Kia including CCS? Does this mean something? Well, word is that Kia wants to leave nobody out and is here to support the entire EV community.
Speaking at a special unveiling ceremony to celebrate the launch of this new technology in Europe, Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe, commented:
“These are the first chargers in the region to offer so much power, and will help make the Soul EV a viable option for consumers when it goes on sale. Kia sees battery electric vehicles as a key solution for future mobility, and we will continue to invest in this technology.”
In the fourth quarter of 2014, Kia Soul EV should be available in 16 countries in Europe.
"Having launched the Kia Ray EV in the domestic Korean market, the Soul EV is the first globally-sold EV from the brand, spearheading the next generation of Kia’s range of battery electric vehicles. The Kia Soul EV is due to go on sale in 16 European countries in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will benefit from Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty, making it the only electric vehicle available with such a comprehensive warranty."
"The Soul EV has class-leading battery energy density of 200 Wh/kg and is powered by an 81.4 kW electric motor, producing 285 Nm of torque, and a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack located beneath the cabin. The new model, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in under 12 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 kph (90 mph), has a driving range of up to 212 km (131 miles)."