Charging Kia EVs

Kia Electric Vehicle Lineup

Kia first jumped into the EV world with the release of the full battery electric Kia Soul EV, unveiled in 2014. The quirky, cubic wagon was well-received and proved a quality first EV effort. Kia expanded its electric lineup in 2017 with the introduction of the plug-in Kia Optima PHEV. In 2019, Kia released its most electrifying EV model to date. Preceded by a PHEV Niro in 2018, the Kia Niro EV sports a near-industry-leading range of 239 miles in an attractive crossover package.

Below is a rundown of every available Kia electric vehicle with a link to the best Kia electric car charger options for each model.

Kia Battery Electric Models

Kia Soul

Introduced in 2014, the Kia Soul was Kia’s first step into the world of electric vehicles. Building on the success of the gas-powered Soul, the Kia Soul touts an electric driving range of 234 miles in its upcoming 2021 edition.

The battery of the Kia Soul has grown significantly with new model years. The 2016 Soul EV came with a 30.4 kWh battery, while the 2020 Kia Soul is equipped with a 64 kWh battery, expanding the range twofold.

Find the best charging station for your Kia Soul


The Kia EV6 is an all-electric, compact crossover SUV with an attractive entry price. It’s comparable to other crossovers, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Volkswagen I.D.4, and its cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The $40,900 base version, the EV6 Light, is equipped with a 58 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery and rear-wheel drive. The Wind ($47,000) and Kia EV6 GT-Line models get a longer range 77.4 kWh battery and are available either with rear- or all-wheel drive. The First Edition ($58,500) is a fully optioned model with 320 horsepower, a larger battery, and all-wheel drive.

Find the best charging station for your Kia EV6


Introduced in 2018, the Kia Niro EV is the latest all-electric offering from Kia, supplementing the PHEV version of the Niro. The Niro EV features a 64.0 kWh battery that can charge at a rate of 7.4 kW on a level 2 EV charger and has fast charging capabilities with up to 77 kW using a Level 3 DC Fast Charger.

EV drivers and critics have warmly received the Niro EV’s substantial range and elegant practicality. With an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles, the Niro offers one of the longest all-electric ranges on the market today.

Looking for a Kia Niro EV charger? The best home charger for your Niro is here!


Kia Plug-In Hybrid Models

Kia Optima PHEV

The Kia Optima PHEV is the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version of Kia’s popular Optima mid-size sedan. The Optima PHEV has a 10kWh battery, providing a range of 28 miles without assistance from the gasoline motor. Once the battery is depleted, the Optima PHEV will switch to hybrid-electric driving. The Optima PHEV has a maximum charge rate of 3.3kW and can charge from empty to completely full in three hours.

Find the best level 2 charger for your Kia Optima


Kia Niro PHEV

The Kia Niro PHEV was introduced in 2017, followed by the all-electric Niro EV in 2018, and offers a practical blend of affordability and efficiency. The Kia Niro PHEV sports an 8.9kWh battery with a respectable all-electric range of 30 miles.

Once the battery has been exhausted, the Niro PHEV offers extremely efficient hybrid driving with an EPA fuel efficiency of 52 mpg.

Searching for a Kia Niro EV charger? The best charger for your Niro is here


Charging Kia’s Electric Vehicles

For level 1 and level 2 charging, Kia EVs and PHEVs use the industry-standard SAE J1772 connector in North America. Charging times vary depending on the charging station used.


Kia Niro EV
Kia Niro PHEV
Kia Soul EV
Kia Optima PHEV

Max Charge Rate

7.4 kW
3.3 kW
7.2 kW
3.3 kW

Battery Size

64 kWh
8.9 kWh
30 kWh
10 kWh

Charge Time on Level 1

60 hrs
6 hrs
20 hrs
7 hrs
Charge Time with JuiceBox 40
9 hrs
3 hrs
4 hrs
3 hrs

All Electric Range

239 miles
26 miles
111 miles
28 miles

Level 3 DC fast charging: CCS

The Kia Niro EV and Kia Soul have DC fast charge capabilities and charge at a rate of up to 100 kW. This charge rate allows the Niro to charge up to 80% in about 50 minutes and the Soul to charge to 80% in around 30 minutes. The Niro uses the SAE Combined Charging Connector (CCS) for level 3 DC fast charge.

Kia EV Charging Stations

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JuiceBox Benefits for Kia Drivers

High power charging

The JuiceBox 32 and JuiceBox 40 level 2 chargers provide all the power you need to quickly charge your Kia EV.

Charge more than one EV

With JuiceBox, share EV loads across multiple JuiceBox stations.

Use more renewable energy

With JuiceNet Green, all U.S. Kia drivers can charge with the cleanest energy on the grid.

Kia EV Customer JuiceBox Reviews

Easy install. Works great.
Very easy install. Our breaker box was already in the garage, so I just ran some 6 gauge wire through the wall about six inches to a surface mount 220. I used a 50 amp breaker. Works great on our Kia Soul. Charges in about 3 hours.
October 25, 2017