Understanding How to Charge your Electric or Hybrid Vehicle

We want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Our Electric Specialists are here to help you understand the charging options available to you and how the charging network operates.

How long will it take to charge an electric car at a public Rapid or High Power Charging Station?

Public car charging stations vary in type, and this means that they offer different charging speeds. Please see the following table which illustrates the approximate changing times per Kia model using a 350kW Public High Power Charging Station.

How long will it take to charge an electric car at home?

You can charge your plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle at home using the standard 13amp, 3 pin household socket, or have a specific 7.2kW AC wallbox charger fitted for reduced charge time. Here’s a quick comparison of charge time by vehicle and connection type.

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Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW 3 hours 52 min

3.6kW AC
Single Phase

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW 2 hours 15 min

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW2 hours 15 min

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW 2 hours 15 min

Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW 29 hours

3.6kW AC
Single Phase

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.6kW 17 hours 46 min

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
7.2kW 9 hours 15 min (10 to 80%)

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
7.2kW 9 hours 15 min (10 to 80%)

3.6kW AC
Single Phase

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW2 hours 55 min

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW 2 hours 55 min

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW 2 hours 55 min

Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW27 hours 30 min

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
7.2kW9 hours 25 min

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
11.5kW6 hours 20 min

Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW5 hours 27 min

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
7.2kW1 hour 45 min

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
7.2kW 1 hour 45 min

Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW5 hours 2 min

3.6kW AC
Single Phase

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW3 hours 25 min

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW3 hours 25 min

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.3kW 3 hours 25 min

Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW32 hours 45 min

3.6kW AC
Single Phase

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
3.6kW21 hours

7.2kW AC
Single Phase ("Fast")

Domestic or public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
7.2kW11 hours

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
11kW7 hours 20 min (10 to 80%)

Mains AC Charging
Single Phase

Domestic
Three-pin UK socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
2.3kW40 hours 35 min

22kW AC
Three-phase ("Fast")

Mostly public
Type 2 socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
11kW9 hours 5 min

50kW DC
("Rapid")

Public
CCS combo socket

Effective
max.speed
Approx.
charging time
50kW1 hour 23 min (10 to 80%)

Kia Connect App - The Ultimate Convenience

You can control your vehicle battery from your phone via the mobile phone app – wherever and whenever you need to.

Take advantage of complimentary 7-year mobile app services that let you stay connected to your Kia car anytime, anywhere.

Key features of the Kia Connect Services:

Kia Charge

You can get started with Kia Charge by registering on the Kia Charge website. You'll also have the opportunity to choose the tariff which best suits you.

Discover KIA Charge

Explore the options available to you when it comes to charging your car, including IONITY and PodPoint;

The IONITY network spans over 24 European countries, making it easier for you to travel. With Kia's partnership with the IONITY charging network, you'll receive discounted prices on your charging top ups.

Another solution for charging is PodPoint where you'll often find chargepoints at locations such as Lidl and Tesco. They're also available to provide you with home and business charging solutions.

Zapmap is a free app you can download to help you plan your journeys and makes it easier to see where the charging points are around you.