Kia Partners With Amazon To Sell And Install EV Home Charging Stations

Most electric vehicle charging is done at home, but it can be a bit of a daunting process for new owners who don’t want to recharge at a snail-like pace.

Not only do they need to need to select the right rapid charger, but they also have to find a local electrician to install it. Thankfully, Kia is simplifying the process by partnering with Amazon.

As part of the collaboration, owners of plug-in hybrid and electric Kia models can visit and select from one of three recommended 240V chargers. Kia suggests owners go with the $764 Bosch charger, but the site also includes more affordable options such as a $699 ChargePoint charger that works with Amazon Alexa or a rather dull looking JuiceBox charger for $549.

While it’s convenient that the site lists recommended chargers, the real beauty of the partnership is that it connects customers with local licensed electricians who are part of the Amazon Home Services program. This allow users to schedule an appointment and get upfront pricing for the installation process.

To get a pricing quote, users simple enter a few pieces of information such as where their electrical panel is located, how old the panel is and how far the panel is from their preferred charger location.

The cost

Pricing varies significantly based on these answers and, in my case, I’d be looking at an estimated installation cost of approximately $3,941. Of course, customers with newer electrical panels can expect to pay much less.

The partnership aims to streamline the ownership process and Kia Motor America’s executive director of car planning and telematics, Orth Hedrick, said “Being able to order a Level 2 charger and installation through Amazon further demystifies and simplifies the experience for new Kia EV and PHEV owners. It’s just another example of how we’re constantly striving to provide the very best vehicles and customer experience.”

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  • MarketAndChurch

    The installation fee is too expensive. I hope Ford can find a cheaper solution, otherwise I’ll have to do charging away from home, and wait until this luxury is mass market affordable.

    • S3XY

      Ya, its such a luxury to charge my car from home with the charger that came with it.

      Say, is charging my phone and laptop at home also a luxury?

      • MarketAndChurch

        I didn’t know Tesla’s come with the charger and free home installation.

        On the Amazon site, it’s 700 bucks for the good, fast charger, and for me, 2,000 or so dollars in installation, but only for a garage so it’s indoor charging… I don’t know how much more expensive an outdoor unit would cost. It would also have to be installed at my parents house because parking at my apartment doesn’t allow for that. Even if I were to find a way to install it at my current place, it would cost me the same to reinstall it at a new apartment were I to move in a year or two, if its even possible in the first place.

        There’s a lot that goes into owning an EV, and it isn’t cheap or convenient unless you own a home, or your apartment comes set up with it and the price is cheap, and the installation is cheap, or you’re well off and money isn’t a problem. Maybe it’ll be easier in 5 years when the infrastructure is in place for people who can only afford an EV that’s $35,000 or less, and/or don’t own a home.

    • skinny

      Basically the install is costing over $3k. That installer or a mix of Amazon and the installer is making over $2k in profit.

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  • G82FS

    I do not see what kind of benefit this is for anyone except for Amazon.I paid $389 for a level 2 charger last year and paid a local electrician $150 to install the outlet. That included adding a breaker to the box…

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