Kia’s e-Niro joins group stablemate – Hyundai’s Kona Electric – in offering a long-range EV at mass-market prices. Available in other markets with two battery sizes, the e-Niro comes with the larger 64 kWh battery in the UK, good for range approaching 300 miles on a single charge in a popular crossover package.
The 64 kWh battery is good for a range of 282 miles (WLTP) in a single charge, and qualifies for the OLEV Category 1 Plug-in Car Grant, which will take £3,000 off the cost of a new Kia e-Niro. Eligible buyers will also be able to receive the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme grant of £500 off the cost of a fully installed home charge point.
Official WLTP Range
Kia e-Niro279 miles
Kia e-Niro265 miles
Next Green Car verdict: “The Kia e-Niro is a great EV that more than holds its own in the competitive crossover market. That’s ignoring all powertrain considerations and pitching it against petrol, diesel, and hybrid models too.”
How to charge a Kia e-Niro
The Kia e-Niro uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The lower section beneath the Type 2 inlet is used to carry high power during rapid DC charging from a CCS connector. The Kia e-Niro’s CCS inlet is found behind a flap of what would normally be a car’s grille.
Kia’s e-Niro is able to be slow, fast, and rapid charged from public points, depending on network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, both of which are usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the CCS connector required is tethered to the charging unit.
|Type 2 – Slow & Fast||CCS – Rapid|
Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.
On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.
How long does it take to charge a Kia e-Niro
The following table shows approximately how long it will take to charge a Kia e-Niro. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted at the usual 0-80%, as most rapid chargers reduce power before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.
Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.
|Rapid 100kW||Rapid 50kW||Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|1 hour 0-80%||1.25 hours 0-80%||9 hours 0-100%||9 hours 0-100%||26 hours 0-100%|
The Kia e-Niro is fitted with a 7.2 kW on-board charger as standard for Type 2 AC charging, in addition to rapid 77 kW DC capability. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 7.2 kW, the e-Niro will only be able to charge at 7.2 kW. Top specification e-Niro models come with an 11 kW on-board charger for faster charging times.
Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for a Kia e-Niro. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.
How much does it cost to charge a Kia e-Niro?
The table below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Kia e-Niro’s 64 kWh battery at home (on a domestic tariff) or using a rapid charge point. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge||Cost per mile||Home||16 p/kWh||£10.25||3.9 p/mile||Public Rapid||30 p/kWh to 80% charge||£15.35||7.1 p/mile|
Based on these figures, the Kia e-Niro’s fuel costs are 4-7 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, the cost depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost, and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost. These costs compare favourably with the 12-15 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.
To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.
Charging a Kia e-Niro at home
Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available for the installation of home EV charge points, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.
Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase. However, Zap-Map recommends shopping about beforehand as there are a number of suitable products on the market.
Charging a Kia e-Niro on public networks
The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point, and Charge Your Car.
Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, some rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers are starting to be installed.
Although many EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.