Kia claims that its all-electric vehicle, the EV6 will deliver the very best ownership experience by making the electric lifestyle a viable option for day-to-day mobility.
As the brand’s first dedicated EV, it provides rapid charging times, access to an extensive charging network, impressive long range, segment-leading interior space and can even act as a portable battery pack to charge electrical appliances or other electric vehicles.
Kia’s EV6 is built on the company’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) designed exclusively for its electric vehicles. This architecture is the key that provides a new electrification experience with powerful driving performance, ultra-fast charging, increased range, and enhanced safety.
The EV6 comes with a choice of fully electric, zero-emission powertrain configurations, including a standard-range (58kWh) and long-range (77.4kWh) high voltage battery pack (all UK models offer the 77.4kWh battery pack as standard).
Homologated WLTP values confirm that the rear wheel drive 77.4kWh EV6 can travel up to 528km (330 miles). The all-wheel drive EV6 can also deliver a strong range performance with a range of 506km (316 miles).
Kia has introduced an innovative multi high-speed charging system, which provides EV6 drivers with access to a broader charging infrastructure. Multi high-speed charging means that the system is compatible with both 800V ultra-rapid charging and more mainstream 400V rapid charging without the need for any special adapter or additional on-board charger.
Stopping at an 800V charger feeds the current directly to the battery at ultra-rapid speeds, charging the EV6 battery from 10-to-80 percent in just 18 minutes with a maximum power of 239kW.
Kia’s relationship with part owned IONITY offers EV6 customers access to reduced kWh prices at over 400 high power charging stations across 24 European countries via the Kia Charge solution. The IONITY network uses the leading European charging standard CCS (Combined Charging System) and is sourced by 100 percent renewable energy meaning EV6 drivers can travel emission-free and carbon neutral.
Also, as WhichEV reported, the company has its own charging service Kia Charge that provides access to more than 17,000 charging connectors in the UK, with additional bolt-on tariffs available for the IONITY and bp pulse charging networks.
Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) charging is also possible whereby power can be transferred to another electric vehicle, for example in an emergency, with the use of an In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) cable and the V2L gender connector. EV6’s own battery is preserved by ensuring state of charge does not fall below 20 per cent at which point the V2V is disabled.
As WhichEV reported, pricing for the rear-wheel drive EV6 starts from £40,895 and £47,395 for all-wheel drive variants.