Kia's Plan S strategy puts electrification at the forefront of the company's future and sets the foundations for a full product line-up featuring 11 new battery electric vehicles by 2026.
The EV6 is the first model to be launched under this new strategy and sets Kia firmly on the path to becoming a leader in the popularisation of electric vehicles, according to Sangdae Kim, Head of Strategic Business Planning Division at Kia.
“This is important validation of a broad range of measures we are now taking to reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle throughout its lifecycle,” he said. “As we introduce more electrified models to our line up over the coming years, we will step up our sustainability efforts and ensure we are achieving high levels of transparency when it comes to environmental impact.”
Kia wants to ensure that the EV6 provides more than just zero emissions mobility. With its first dedicated EV, the company has focused on measuring and reducing its carbon footprint throughout the vehicle's lifecycle, ranging from the acquisition of raw materials, procurement of parts, transportation of parts, vehicle assembly, distribution, use and end-of-life recycling.
The EV6 is the first model from Kia to be built on the all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and offers one of the best all-electric ranges on the market. Class-leading interior space and 800V ultra-fast charging add to the new model’s prospects of becoming a game-changer in the EV market.
Total greenhouse gas emissions for the EV6 were measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment. This covers emissions from the extraction of raw materials through to the end-of-life of the product and is measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). The Carbon Trust ‘Carbon Measured’ label validates the accuracy of these measurements and provides customers with independently reviewed information about the carbon impact of their purchase.
Available in four different trim levels, the EV6 benefits from a long-range 77.4kWh battery pack that powers it to up to 328 miles (WLTP) from a single charge. Accompanied by its 400/800V electric architecture, the EV6 is designed to charge from 10-to-80 percent in as little as 18 minutes, or to add 60 miles of range in under five minutes when plugged into a 350kW ultra-fast charger.
Available to pre-order now, UK customer deliveries will commence from October this year for ‘Air’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. Prices start from £40,895.