When testing electrical autos, one merchandise I’ve began to take with no consideration is the inclusion of a cost cable or cellular charger. Practically each new EV comes with a plug as normal gear, however not our new long-term 2022 Kia EV6. The truth is, it’s not even a pay-for possibility on the EV6.
Most house owners could shrug this omission off, as a result of should you’re planning on shopping for an EV6, you’re very seemingly already planning on having a Degree 2 charger put in at your property to cost it. I, however, am presently renting a house. My landlord’s storage isn’t wired up for 240V energy, and there’s no means I’d pay the cash to prep an area for EV charging if I’m simply going to maneuver out ultimately. That leaves me with a charging conundrum.
Trickle charging an EV with Degree 1 energy usually lets me do all of the driving I’d have to do in every week, however for the reason that EV6 doesn’t include any charger to plug in, I’m 100% on the mercy of public charging stations to get juice into the EV6’s battery pack. It’s each annoying and extra expensive to energy the EV6 this fashion. The annoyance is within the time I want to dam out on some evenings to cost again up. Although I stay in a heavily-populated suburb in metro Detroit, the closest quick charger to me is an over-15-minute drive. The additional price is as a result of increased value you’ll pay for quick charging versus your typical dwelling electrical energy prices. A visit to the native Electrify America station with a virtually depleted battery runs me about $35 to get again to 100% cost. In the meantime, that very same quantity of electrical energy would price about $10-$15 at dwelling.
Past price and annoyance, the presence of a cellular charger that you would be able to tuck into the automotive permits for extra peace of thoughts on a highway journey. You’d be capable to plug in anyplace yow will discover an influence supply, and whereas the charging would possibly take an eternity, with the ability to cost your EV in an emergency might permit you to limp it to a close-by charging station. It’s a safety blanket that you just’d hopefully by no means want to make use of, however given the state of disrepair we typically discover public charging stations in, it’s a safety blanket that we’d recognize.
Weirdly sufficient, the Kia EV6’s twin (the Hyundai Ioniq 5) comes with a 120V cable at no cost, however Kia selected to not embody one. That is new for Kia, too, for the Niro EV comes with a free cable. Tesla just lately determined to drop the supplied charging cable from its record of ordinary gear, making it an possibility it’s essential to pay for as a substitute. As of now, although, solely Tesla and Kia are those to deem it an pointless normal accent for a brand new EV.
A variety of us have Degree 2 chargers put in in our houses that may come in useful for testing the EV6, however the remainder of us should stay with out. That stated, this sort of charging follow will present its personal kind of take a look at. Is it viable to personal an EV just like the Kia EV6 and never be capable to cost it at dwelling? We’ll see how our emotions change over time.