Good news for owners of a Kia electric car, who will benefit from preferential rates on the Ionity charging station network. His parent company Hyundai Motors has indeed formalized his arrival in the consortium, of which he is now a shareholder.
September 13, 2019, Hyundai Motors cracked an official press release to announce its merger with the consortium of manufacturers Ionity, which is working to deploy a network of fast terminals on a European scale. A year and two months later, the Korean manufacturer formalizes its arrival within the project as “strategic partner and shareholder».
In other words, Hyundai has invested an undisclosed sum of money to provide financial support for the project, and will also have decision-making power over the group’s roadmap. But in concrete terms, what are the benefits for the customers of the manufacturer and its subsidiary Kia? The latter will benefit from very advantageous economically speaking preferential rates – on CSS Combo terminals up to 350 kWh of power.
The importance of being an Ionity partner
«In France, preferential rates for Kia customers with electric vehicles will be communicated during the first quarter of 2021“. For now, only Kia users (e-Niro, e-Soul and Kona) are therefore concerned. This notion of preferential tariffs is important. Without, the final cost per kWh soars and sometimes even exceeds a full tank of gasoline. In France, it is 0.79 € / kWh on an Ionity station.
Except that the price drops drastically for electric cars of which the manufacturer is part of the consortium, precisely thanks to these preferential prices. This is for example the case of Mercedes (Daimler), BMW, Audi (Volkswagen) or even Porsche (Volkswagen) whose respective prices are as follows: 0.29 € / kWh, 0.30 € / kWh, 0.31 € / kWh and 0.33 kWh. Prices that therefore compete Tesla € 0.30 / kWh.
A network to expand
« For Kia, the product and customer experience directly depends on the convenience and real benefits of the solutions offered. Thanks to this investment in the IONITY network, we are now part of one of the largest networks of charging infrastructure in Europe», Enthuses Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group, in a press release sent to the editor.
Should Ionity now expand its network as it should to offer a user experience worthy of the name. In France, the consortium had 46 stations in October 2020: a figure which should climb to 80 by the first quarter of 2021, the newspaper was assured. The echoes last October 25.