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Kia to set up recharging stations in California

By Seo Jee-yeon

Published : Sept. 3, 2014 - 21:11

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Kia Motors America, the distribution and marketing arm of South Korean carmaker Kia Motors, said Tuesday that it will set up 17 new fast-charging stations across California as it prepares to launch its electric Soul multi-purpose vehicle.

The company said it will increase the number of fast-charging stations in the state by nearly 9 percent and provide broad coverage to alleviate range anxiety.

Fast “Level 2” 240 volt charging stations can recharge the car from empty to 80 percent full in about 33 minutes. Recharging time, however, differs depending on the type of charger available and can take up to a full day using conventional home power outlets.

At present, there are some 198 charging stations available in California, with Kia’s 17 stations to be set up by the end of the year.

KMA added its partnership with local electric vehicle charging service company Greenlots will further enable Soul EV drivers to gain access to fast-charging stations in key locations in the state. (Yonhap)