9/3/2014

Kia to Install EV Fast Chargers in California

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Kia Motors Corp. has partnered with San Francisco-based Greenlots to install 17 direct-current fast-charge stations in California to support the debut there of the 2015 Kia Soul electric vehicle.

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Kia Motors Corp. has partnered with San Francisco-based Greenlots to install 17 direct-current fast-charge stations in California to support the debut there of the 2015 Kia Soul electric vehicle.

The 480-volt DC chargers will be able to replenish the Soul's 27-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to 80% of capacity in about 30 minutes. The car, which is propelled by an 81-kW electric motor, has a range of 80-100 miles.

The EV is Kia's first in the American market and will be available only in California at launch. The car can plug into a standard 120-volt household outlet or a level 2 240-volt source.