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Earlier this year, Kia India launched the EV6, its first electric car in the country. The Korean carmaker said that the new EV charger is India’s first and fastest one operational currently.
Kia, a Korean automaker, has introduced India’s fastest EV charger. In Kochi, Kerala, the automaker has installed a 240 kWh DC fast charger for electric passenger vehicles. This DC fast charger, which has appeared at Kia’s Kochi dealership called Incheon Kia, is part of the carmaker’s efforts to establish a nationwide EV fast charging network. Kia launched its first electric vehicle in India, the EV6, earlier this month. In addition, the automaker intends to drive in more EVs for the Indian market in the coming days.
The Kia DC fast charger in Kochi is not limited to customers of the carmaker. Kia India has made the facility available to all EV owners in and around the city. This facility allows people to charge their electric vehicles on a pay-per-use basis. Kia’s EV journey in India is further cemented by this development, which follows the recent launch of Gurgaon’s fastest 150kWh charger for passenger cars in July 2022.
Myung-sik Sohn, Kia India’s Chief Sales Officer, stated that the company has only recently begun its EV journey in the country, which he expects to expand in the coming days. Kia has already stated that it will release its first India-focused electric vehicle by 2025. “These are exciting times for EVs, and our goal is not only to be a part of India’s EV mobility revolution, but also to make EV ownership aspirational, accessible, and inclusive.” Our global best EV, the Kia EV6, which debuted in India earlier this year, is a perfect example of our philosophy. As a result, the launch of this 240-kWh DC fast charger for EV passenger vehicles in Kochi fills me with great joy,” Sohn said.
Kia will set up similar EV chargers across the country to strengthen the charging network. Sohn said, “Our EV journey in India does not stop here, in fact, we are in the process of setting up more charging stations at our EV dealerships across the country, ensuring superior customer experience and reducing the issue of charging time and range anxiety that usually follows EV customers.”
Kia has launched the EV6 in India at a price of nearly ₹60 lakh (ex-showroom). According to the carmaker, the EV6 has been overbooked, and will be up for grabs again next year. It is set to rival the likes of Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV, which is expected to launch in India by the end of this year.
The EV6 is based on Hyundai and Kia’s common Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) platform. Kia claims EV6 can offer range of up to 528 kms on a single charge. Using a 350 kWh fast charger, the EV6 can be charged from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes. The 240 kWh charger should not take more than 30 minutes to do the same.
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