Kia is testing free mobile electric vehicle charging in three California cities

Kia America and mobile charging service Current are testing an “on-demand concierge service” in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California.

Based on customer reception of this pilot program, future expansion into cities nationwide will be considered.

“The program aims to make full electric vehicle ownership more convenient and reduce the risk of range anxiety,” the automaker said.

Until April 30, Kia EV owners in the three cities can use the on-demand app-based mobile charging service for free. After downloading the app and creating an account, drivers can set a time and location for a Currently technician to arrive and charge their vehicle up to three times a week for two months.

Greg Silvestri, Service Operations Manager, Kia US, said in a statement, “Partnering with Current to offer free charging connects perfectly with our broader ‘Plan S’ strategy and amplifies our commitment to global adoption. electrified vehicles. We believe that making it easier to charge also makes it easier to own. »

Josh Aviv, CEO of parent company SparkCharge, said, “We created Current to make owning these vehicles more convenient and accessible.”

“There’s the oft-overlooked time-saving element of full-service mobile charging, eliminating the wait at charging stations.”

Bernard P. Love