Amazon and Kia are partnering up to create a more efficient electric car system for their customers.
Buyers of Kia electric vehicles can now buy their home charging stations straight from Amazon, which also handles home installations.
“Home-charging can’t get any easier than this,” says the announcement from Orth Hedrick, Kia’s executive director of Car Planning and Telematics. “Being able to order a Level 2 charger and installation through Amazon further demystifies and simplifies the experience for new Kia EV and PHEV owners. It’s just another example of how we’re constantly striving to provide the very best vehicles and customer experience.”
Kia electric car owners can choose from several options that Amazon is offering and schedule a home installation with a licensed electrician in their own locality through Amazon Home Services. The first option is Bosch, Kia’s official partner, which costs $764. Amazon itself is pushing two other choices, namely the Alexa-enabled ChargePoint at $699 and Juicebox at $549, which both have WiFi capabilities.
Kia is not the first company to partner with Amazon in relation to electric cars. Last year, Audi also partnered up with Amazon for its electric car segment. It seems like more companies will soon be making their way into the electric car market, possibly including Rivian, a Tesla competitor which Amazon invested $700 million into earlier this year.