DC Fast Chargers at Dealers for ‘Seamless’ Owner Experience:
‘Interoperability’ Among Charging Networks for New EV Drivers
Greenlots is providing its open standards-based Sky Smart Charging technology as Kia Motors America installs DC fast chargers from ABB at California dealers – Kia is getting very close to the full-fledged launch of its first all-battery car, the 2015 Kia Soul EV.
“The partnership illustrates the increasing role interoperability among EV charging technology networks plays in meeting pricing flexibility demands from automakers and providing a seamless experience for EV owners,” says Singapore- and San Francisco-based Greenlots.
Kia is installing both Level 2 and ABB’s 50-kilowatt Terra 53 CJ DC fast chargers at 17 California dealers.
‘Charge and Go’
“Designed for the ‘charge and go’ segment, the Terra 53 multi-standard DC charging station is ideal for use at car dealerships, fuel stations and high-turnover parking applications,” states a Kia release.
“Soul EV owners can find EZCharge locations via Kia’s UVO EVServices app or the 8-inch touch screen inside the vehicle, and pay for charging with their Kia ChargeUp card,” says Greenlots. “Automakers like Kia can determine their own pricing models, while allowing drivers to roam across a variety of networks.”
“Soul EV owners will have their charging needs met not only through the growing number of DC fast chargers within the EZ-Charge networks, but also the capabilities that Greenlots is providing to our Soul EV dealers, allowing for convenience and range confidence,” KMA/Kia Motors America long range planning and strategy manager Steve Kosowski says in the Greenlots Kia Soul announcement.
Chademo for Kia Soul Fast Charge
The ABB chargers “will installed by the middle of the month,” Kosowski told F&F.
He notes that Chademo-connector DC fast charging capability will be standard on the Kia Soul EV. Also standard is an SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging.
Kia notes that in addition to the ABB fast-chargers, it has partnerships with Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment for home and dealer Level 2 chargers.
“Our customers are making a sincere effort to be eco-conscious, and Kia is committed to delivering both flexible and convenient charging options to Soul EV owners,” said KMA product planning VP Orth Hedrick.
Advanced Battery Technology Too
Kia promises single-charge range of 80 to 100 miles for the Soul EV, which features a 27-kilowatt-hour, 360-volt, 192-cell lithium ion polymer battery. The battery has a nickel-cobalt-manganese cathode, which helps increase capacity, Kia says, and a graphite-based anode, “which increases durability while reducing weight.
“Additionally, the cells use a gel electrolyte, and each cell contains ceramic separators to significantly improve thermal stability and safety.”
The new EV’s regenerative braking system captures up to 12% of the Soul EV’s kinetic energy when coasting and braking to help recharge the battery, Kia says.
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Source: Greenlots and Kia with Fleets & Fuels follow-up