With more electric vehicles hitting the road, charging is a major concern for potential buyers. Luckily, a common trend is for car brands to offer “free” EV charging. This week Kia and Electrify America announced a promotion that would give EV6 buyers free charging for up to three years, but there’s a big catch.
We’ve seen similar charging deals from Tesla, Nissan and even Hyundai offering free charging, but Kia’s option isn’t as good as it sounds. That said, it’s still something buyers should consider before deciding on their next electric vehicle.
Kia and Electrify America are giving EV6 buyers 1,000 kWh of free charging at any participating EA charging station in the United States for the next three years. However, once you hit that 1,000kWh limit, you need to start paying.
And while that sounds like a lot and all welcome for free, that’s only about a 3,500 or 4,000 mile drive if you do the math. Considering the long-haul Kia EV6 gets around 310 miles per charge, which equates to around 75-90kWh of juice, this is a limited offering. So technically, Kia and Electrify America are only offering around 11-13 total battery charges for free.
For comparison, Electrify America has a similar deal with Hyundai, only it promises unlimited 30-minute fees for two years, which could end up being far more than what you’d get with Kia.
Still, it’s undoubtedly a good idea to take some of the stress out of switching from gas to electric, and those who love all that the Kia EV6 has to offer will be happy to know they’ve got a bonus offer. Electrify America’s charging network isn’t as large as Tesla’s, but it’s growing fast and might be in a city you’re headed to on a road trip. So keep that in mind for your next trip.
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