14.2.2018Hyundai offers new IONIQ buyers free Pod Point home charger
Pod Point's 7kW Solo charge point will be fitted to homes that meet certain OLEV and Pod Point criteria, charging far more quickly than when an IONIQ is connected to a three-pin plug socket.
Home charging is often the most important aspect of EV charging for owners, with most drivers plugging in their car overnight. The new offer reduces any costs that might have been in place for those wanting a dedicated home charge point. Even with the OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant, having a 3.6kW Pod Point unit installed costs £279 - with the faster 7kW charger offered normally priced at £359 fully fitted.
The application process will be started - and largely handled by - the Hyundai dealership as part of the sales care package. Whereas normally it is recommended that electric car buyers shop around for a good deal for a home charge point, with less hassle and no cost, it is expected the vast majority of IONIQ customers will take Pod Point and Hyundai up on the offer.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: "Making the switch from diesel or petrol to Electric or Plug-in Hybrid can be daunting for those new to the technology. With the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid, it's essential to keep the battery charged and use it mostly as an electric car for maximum efficiency.
"Including a Pod Point charger in any purchases of a new IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid or Electric car makes everything as simple as possible for our customers. Pod Point's market-leading and user-friendly technology makes them the ideal charging partner for the IONIQ range."
Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, said: "This new offer from Hyundai Motor UK will save their customers time and encourage those with IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid models to explore the many benefits of EV charging. This all helps improve air quality and moves us closer towards a time when travel doesn’t damage the earth."