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Charging options when visiting the UK - Kia e-Niro MY22

  • 22-09-2022 12:35pm
    Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭

    I have a forthcoming short trip to the UK and I am wondering if anyone can advice on what are the best charging options to look at.

    I don't want to sign up for a regular monthly payment, just a rock-up, charge and go. I know that Ionity chargers are widespread, but without a plan, they are outrageously expensive.

    What other options might be recommended, including KIA's own plan?



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,021 ✭✭✭zg3409

    Where in UK are you going to from?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,353 ✭✭✭Fingleberries

    Does Kia's own plan give discounted Ionity?

    Maybe check Bonnet? Some people have had success with this at various locations - not sure if they still offer discount at Ionity. They were briefly available in Ireland, but are still available in the UK.

    They have Pay as you go options and monthly subs (or refills as they call them) ... You can cancel the sub after 1 month. It's not an annual sub like Ionity.

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭davidod1

    Holyhead to Ross on Wye (Gloucester area) and return.

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭davidod1

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,934 ✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Having done Holyhead to Cornwall and back, I'd recommend sticking to motorway hubs with lots of chargers

    If you're taking the A50/M6/M5 route near Birmingham then probably Ionity Stafford is a good stop. 6 chargers plus a Starbucks nearby. It's busy but the turnover is reasonably quick

    If you're unsure about destination chargers and are willing to detour there's a big Gridserve location near Bristol

    Many UK chargers now take credit cards, but bring your Kia charge card just in case

    If possible try to use a destination charger to fill up for the journey home

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,934 ✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Regarding the prices, you could try signing up for a plan then cancelling within the 14 days cooling off period. You might end up paying the full rate then

    Tbh, I wouldn't sign up for a plan for one trip unless the savings paid for several months of the subscription.

    If you have to occasional long trip which uses some expensive charging then it's still well offset by the savings for the rest of the year

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭davidod1

    I don't have a Kia Charge Card, but I see that you can get one without a monthly fee. Looks like I should get one of those. Do you know if the Ireland card will work in the UK?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,934 ✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    It's something you'd need to double check with Kia, but a lot of their cards give you access to multiple third-party networks across Europe

    With VW, I can use the app to see which chargers accept We Charge cards. I go to the map and tap on a charger to see the payment opy. Maybe Kia have something similar

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭davidod1

    Thanks for all those suggestions, the Kia Card sounds like it's something I should have had anyway. I've done all my charging at home and never yet even used a public charger 🤔

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,934 ✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    No worries, I'm in a similar boat, needed to public charge exactly one other time than that trip

    Looking at the map, the Kia Charge card should give you access to Ionity and plenty of others

    It won't work on Gridserve, but I think all their locations take credit cards anyway

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,353 ✭✭✭Fingleberries

    Might be worth checking before you go if you can download the Bonnet app from your app store. I had it installed (android) from before they ruled out services in Ireland.

    A friend mentioned they now can't download Bonnet from the Ireland AppStore on iPhone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭davidod1

    I'll certainly keep Bonnet in mind. It's not on the Android Play Store at the moment anyway. I can try for again in the UK when I'm there. Thanks👍️