New Ionity bolt-on for Kia drivers
Kia has added a new bolt-on to its Kia Charge service, slashing the cost of using the Ionity high-powered charging network owned by a partnership of manufacturers.
The 11.25 per month fee cuts the standard rate of charging from 70p per kWh to 25p per kWh, also eliminating the 49p session fee. According to Kia, that cuts the cost of a charge from 10% to 80% battery capacity in a 64kWh Soul or e-Niro model from £31.85 to £11.20. The brand also said its new EV6 launching alter this year will charge from 10-80% in 18 minutes on the high-powered network.
“Kia’s partnership with IONITY is an essential part of our plans to make EVs a more viable option,” said Paul Philpott, CEO of Kia UK Limited. “A reliable infrastructure that supports our vehicles’ high voltage capabilities is vital in encouraging more people to make the switch to electric mobility. Furthermore, this bolt-on supports efforts by Kia and our UK dealers to educate customers and help them feel more at ease with EV ownership and charging.”
Nissan grows true fleet share
Nissan has increased its true fleet share in the year to the end of March 2021, growing by 0.4 percentage points to 4.46% of the end-user market off the back of a 65% growth in sales of its full electric vehicles.
The company claimed nine of the 10 largest fleets in the country purchased a Nissan EV last year, and the Leaf ended up fifth-best passenger EV and the e-NV200 was the top-selling electric light commercial.
‘‘The strong results we achieved in 2020 are testament to Nissan’s pioneering early investment in electric vehicles.,” said Nissan fleet director Peter McDonald. “With LEAF and e-NV200, we’re already on our second generation EVs, just as other brands launch their first.”
Ford to attend 2021 CV Show
Organisers of the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show have confirmed that Ford will be in attendance, with the UK’s leading LCV brand having not appeared on early versions of the floor plan.
The event takes place at the NEC in Birmingham between 31 August-2 September, and visitors can register from free tickets now at www.cvshow.com.