New at Smartcar: Kia compatibility and our latest product showcase

Winona Rajamohan

Content Marketing Manager

Let’s start this product update with a quick refresher on what’s been going on in the connected car and electric vehicle market recently.

This past quarter brought a lot of good news for EV manufacturers in the EU!

Battery electric vehicles doubled their market share in Q1 of 2022 compared to Q1 of 2021, now making up 10% of all car sales. Meanwhile, the registration of diesel cars in the region continues to plummet, dropping 33.2% from January to March of this year.

Smartcar is expanding vehicle compatibility in Europe this year to include more popular EV models so businesses can continue providing value to an increasing number of drivers. Keep reading to learn more about our latest compatibility and upcoming product releases!

Smartcar for KIA in Europe

We’re excited to announce that Smartcar’s APIs are now compatible with Kia!

Kia has been one of our most requested brands, with models like the Kia Niro emerging as one of the top battery EVs in the EU. Despite automaker sales taking a tumble in the region over the past few months, Kia came out as one of the only brands to make sales gains in April of this year.

Smartcar’s compatibility extends to popular Kia models, including the:

  • e-Soul
  • e-Niro
  • Niro HEV and PHEV (2020+)
  • Ceed (2020)
  • Proceed (2020)
  • X-Ceed (2020)
  • Sorento (2021)
  • Sportage (2021)
  • Rio (2021)
  • Stonic (2021)
  • Picanto (2021)

Smartcar’s APIs let you access EV battery levels, charging status, start charge, lock and unlock, and more. Whether you’re launching a managed EV charging program, pay-per-mile insurance, or contactless rentals, you can now use a single integration to let your customers share valuable car data with their consent.
With the addition of Kia, you can now connect your mobility app to vehicles across 11 brands in the European market — with more lined up in the coming months.

We look forward to giving mobility apps in Europe the opportunity to enroll more drivers and continue streamlining customer onboarding, so sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with our vehicle compatibility!

Smartcar’s Summer Product Showcase

Now that the sun’s out and our days are getting longer, we’re saying goodbye to spring and hello to summer – which means it’s time for another product showcase!

In our last product showcase, we covered some pretty big news — like what we’ll be doing with our Series B funding, launching brand-specific endpoints, and a walkthrough of our new Smartcar dashboard for developers.

Since then, we’ve been working on new features to make your team’s lives a whole lot easier.

Save your spot to join us for an engaging live session with our experts. Ask us questions, share your thoughts, and clarify anything you need to get up and running with our new releases!

Here’s a sneak peek at the agenda we have planned:

📍 More new brands and endpoints

🪝Event-based webhooks

🧑🏼‍💻 Updates to our developer experience

Got any questions?

Take a look at our last product update and watch our Winter ‘22 product showcase to get up to speed with everything we’ve done in recent months!

If you have any questions about our new compatibility, get in touch with our Customer Success team. You can also grab some time on our team’s calendar if you’re new to Smartcar and would like to learn more about what we can do for your business.

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