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Convenient And Cost-Effective, In The Comfort Of Your Home

Having an electric vehicle charge point fitted at home is a great way to make the most of your electric or plug-in hybrid Kia. It gives you the option to charge your car whenever it is at home and can turn out to be particularly economical.

There are a few things to consider when planning to install a home charge point, if only that you need off-street parking. The good news: Kia offers all that in a one-stop service that is convenient, cost-effective and packed with smart benefits.

Three Simple Steps To Installing Your Home Charger

Having a charger fitted in your home is easier than you think – with our partners’ installation service. 

Simply visit your local Kia dealer and register for an installation with one of our preferred partners, Pod Point or bp pulse.​

You will need to provide a few details and photos - location, fuse box and other important aspects - to prepare a smooth approval and installation. You may also be asked for documents to prove your eligible for any available government support.

Your chosen supplier comes to your home and installs your home charger on a pre-arranged date.

Charge Time By Station Speed And Model

Model 7.2kW AC
Single Phase
3.6kW AC
Single Phase
Type 2 socket Type 2 socket
Effective max. speed Approx. charging time Effective max. speed Approx. charging time
Niro, XCeed & Ceed SW PHEV
2 hours
15 min

2 hours
15 min
Sorento PHEV
3 hours
25 min

3 hours
25 min

Soul EV &


9 hours
35 min

17 hours
46 min
EV6 7.2kW TBC 3.6kW TBC

How long it takes to charge an electric car at home

An electric car's charging speed is measured in kilowatt (kW). An electric vehicle charging point can usually deliver 7kW in most UK homes whereas a regular three-pin socket can only provide up to 2.3kW. Having a home charger will provide much faster charging.

The time your electric vehicle takes to charge depends on its battery size, the maximum charging speed it’s able to take and the home charging point’s speed. Our electric Kias can fully take advantage of a 7kW charging speed, however plug-in hybrid vehicles can only ever charge at a maximum speed of 3.6kW. This being considered and if you have a 7kW home charge point, an overnight charge will be enough to fully replenish your electric Kia’s battery.

What is the cost of charging an electric car at home?

Charging your electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle at home is particularly economical. Assuming you pay 21p per kilowatt, charging your EV6 capable of up to 328 miles will cost you just over £16. A full charge for your Sorento PHEV will come out at less than £3. This translates in a cost per mile that is far less than that of a conventional petrol or diesel car. What’s more, you can slash costs even further when opting for a dedicated EV energy tariff. These tariffs usually offer reduced pricing for overnight, off-peak charging. Using your vehicle’s head unit or the Kia Connect mobile app, you can schedule to charge only at those specific times to maximise savings.

Kia Charge: Your all-in-one EV public charging solution

Because you can’t always charge at home, Kia Charge is Kia’s one-stop-shop solution for charging on the go. The Kia Charge mobile app gives you access to the largest collection of public charging networks in the UK and Europe. With Kia Charge, you locate a station, start a charge and pay for your charging, all with just one solution.

Full Charging Control From Your Phone With Kia Connect

The ultimate convenience: You can control your vehicle battery from your phone via Kia Connect App – wherever and whenever you need to.

Kia Connect App lets you:

  • Monitor your charging status of your electric or plug-in vehicle
  • View the remaining charging time
  • Schedule charging based on your departure time or at cost-saving off-peak times
  • And much more


The displayed app screens are for illustration purposes only and do not necessarily show the latest version of Kia Connect App.

Choose Just The Right Options To Suit Your Needs

Kia have partnered with Pod Point and bp pulse, Britain’s leading home charge point manufacturers and installers to provide and fit your home charge point.

bp pulse

  • Charging capacity: up to 7kW
  • Untethered (universal) or tethered unit
  • 3-year warranty and standard installation included
  • Preferential price and free one-year bp pulse public charging subscription for each installation referred by a Kia Authorised Dealer

Pod Point

  • Charging capacity: up to 7kW
  • Untethered (universal) or tethered unit
  • 3-year warranty and standard installation included
  • Auto power balancing to safely manage electrical load
  • Over-the-air software updates by Wi-Fi
  • Preferential price for customers referred by a Kia Authorised Dealer

One Solution. Endless Benefits.

Once installed, the benefits of having your own charge point just keep on flowing. Here are just a few.

Always ready
Your Kia is ready when you need it. With Kia Connect mobile app you can schedule charging based on your expected departure time so you always set off with your battery adequately charged.

No waiting
Whilst electric Kia vehicles can be charged really quickly at certain public stations, charging at home allows you to go about your day and leave your Kia to do the job.

Cost savings
You’re pretty much guaranteed to spend less than at a public charging station. What’s more, thanks to the Kia Connect app, you can schedule your charging to take advantage of your electricity supplier’s best off-peak prices.

Using a domestic three-pin UK socket to charge your Kia is only recommended in exceptional circumstances. A dedicated vehicle home charge point is definitely the safest bet when it comes to electric and plug-in vehicles.

Most UK homes can support a 7kW home charge point, which charges your electric vehicle three times quicker than a domestic UK three-pin socket.


What are the benefits of a connected charging point?

A connected charging point allows you to check all charging session details online. They also enable the manufacturer to install firmware updates and fixes remotely if required.

Will I receive a message when charging is completed?

You will receive a notification via your Kia UVO Connect App once your electric vehicle is fully charged.

If something is wrong with my home charger, how soon can it be fixed?

Both bp pulse and Pod Point provide 24/7, 365-day-a-year customer support.

I don’t have my own parking lot or driveway so need to park on the street. Can I have a home charger installed in a public street?

In most cities, installing your own charging point in a public area is not allowed. You should check with your local authority for guidance.

How do I charge an electric car at home?

To charge your car at home, it’s recommended that you get an electric car charging point installed. This method of charging is approximately three times faster than a three-pin plug. Our partners, Pod Point and bp pulse have vast experience in home charge points and their installation.

How much does it cost to install a home electric car charging point?

Good news - there’s a £350 homecharge government grant available to help with the cost of a home charge point until end of March 2022. Our Kia Authorised Dealers can also refer you to Pod Point or bp pulse to benefit from reduced prices exclusively available to Kia customers.

What type of electric car charger do I need at home?

We recommend that you install a 7kWh charger, which is the most future-proof solution and will offer the best compromise between speed and price.

I live in a multi-unit dwelling. Is it still possible to have a home charger?

It is possible to install a home charger even when you don’t have your own driveway or grid connection. In most cases you will need to contact the property’s freeholder to receive approval for the necessary installation, like cabling and possible adjustments within the central fuse box.

Do you offer a support service after installing the charging point?

Yes, you will be able to call a 24/7 hotline which can support you via remote diagnosis and troubleshooting. The hotline numbers to call:

Pod Point: 020 7247 4114

bp pulse: 0330 016 5126

Why would I need a home charger? Can’t I use my home socket?

A dedicated electric vehicle home charger has some key benefits compared to charging your electric vehicle from a home socket:

  • You should be able to charge your electric car at least three times faster if you install a 7kWh charger
  • It’s much more robust, safer and reliable
  • You can monitor your vehicle’s electricity consumption using your charger’s smart functionalities
  • My driveway is located quite far away from my grid connection/ fuse box. Are there limitations when installing a home charger?

    In most cases there are no technical limitations when installing a home charger however this may mean the work required goes beyond what is deemed as ‘standard’. A cable longer than 15 metres and any need for trenching or hiding the cable will result in additional costs. To prevent any unpleasant surprises, our partners will assist you prior to your installation and discuss the best way forward.

    What are the next steps after ordering a home charger?

    After requesting a quotation, you will be invited to complete a remote survey. This survey asks you for information and photos e.g. the desired location of the charge point, the fuse box and other important aspects to assure a smooth installation process. You will also be asked to supply documents to ensure you’re eligible for any available government support. Once the survey is complete, our partner will contact you to provide an installation date.

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