Kia has unveiled a new global EV strategy unveiling three new electric models at its first annual Kia EV Day in Korea. With the popular EV6 and larger EV9 already in showrooms, Kia took the wraps off the new EV5 a compact family SUV which will have a choice of 58kWh or 88kWh batteries for standard or long range models. The smaller EV3 concept is a vision of a compact SUV, while the EV4 is a larger, sleek four-door saloon.
“As a sustainable mobility solutions provider, Kia’s transition to electric vehicles is a must, not an option,” said Ho Sung Song. Kia President and CEO. “By developing advanced EV technology, bold design and intuitive services and applying them to our entire EV line up, our ultimate aim is to provide Kia’s unique value to as many people as possible. The acceleration towards electrification begins now.”
UK gets 50,000+ EV charge points
The UK has now passed 50,000 EV charge points according to the charge point mapping service, Zapmap.
The 50,000th charging device was an ultra-rapid unit by MFG EV Power at a service station in Weston-super-Mare. This latest milestone underlines the rapid acceleration of fitted charge points with the 40,000 mark only passed in February 2023.
“Hitting 50,000 public charging devices is a really important milestone for the country and illustrates the sea change behind the increased rate of charge point installations,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder and COO of Zapmap. “Alongside the number of high-power charging hubs in the UK more than doubling in the past year, these are changes that bring real benefits to electric car drivers up and down the country.”
Zapmap’s calculations show that, at the current rate of installations, the UK is likely to reach 100,000 chargers in August 2025.
Volkswagen Group EV sales on the rise
In the first three-quarters of this year, the Volkswagen Group has delivered 45 per cent more electric vehicles than in the same period for 2022.
With 531,500 EVs delivered between January and September, the Volkswagen Group saw the biggest rises for its EV sales in Europe (up 61 per cent) and the US (up 74 per cent) with 22 per cent of its EV deliveries going to China. The most successful models delivered were the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 followed by the ID.3 and then the Audi Q4 e-tron.