Kia Announces Partnership With Currently Mobile Charging Service To Improve Efficiency Of Electric Vehicle Ownership
Kia is partnering with the mobile charging service Currently on an initiative to provide its electric vehicle owners with an on-demand concierge service for mobile recharging. The program is currently available in three key California markets: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose. At the conclusion of this pilot program, both companies will consider future expansion to cities around the country based on customer reception.
The partnership between Kia and Currently aims to make full EV ownership more convenient for electric vehicle owners while reducing range anxiety. Participation is offered at no cost to customers in these cities from now until April 30th, where EV owners will have the opportunity to use the app-based mobile charging service upon request. To utilize this service, Kia EV owners must download the Currently app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store and create an account. Currently’s service will then allow drivers to set a time and location for a Currently technician to arrive and charge their vehicle up to 3 times per week for a period of 2 months. Kia EV owners should review the terms and conditions on Currently’s website for additional details regarding the program.
"The relationship with our customers does not end after delivery. In fact, that is just the beginning," said Greg Silvestri, Kia's Vice President of Service Operations. "Partnering with Currently to offer complimentary charging connects perfectly to our larger 'Plan S' strategy and amplifies our commitment to overall electrified vehicle adoption. We believe that making charging easy also makes ownership easy."
Kia continues to expand on the brands’ portfolio of electric vehicles, with the automaker constantly searching for new and innovative ways to enhance the experience of EV ownership and expand further consideration from new customers. The partnership with Currently will assist consumers in making the buying decision clearer, particularly for those looking for more sustainable and suitable modes of transportation.
"We couldn't be happier to partner with Kia to give their electrified vehicle drivers the convenience of mobile charge delivery," said Josh Aviv, CEO/Founder of SparkCharge, the parent company of Currently. "We created Currently to make ownership of these vehicles more convenient and accessible."
Aviv elaborated on the efforts, stating, "Together, Kia and Currently will have a huge impact on the environment and people's lives. But there is the often-overlooked time-saving element of full-service mobile charging, eliminating the wait at charging stations. Everyone can use an extra couple of hours each week. Kia and Currently are making Kia electrified vehicle owners' lives in these cities better and greener."