Kia’s EV6 reimagines the electric vehicle ownership experience
Kia’s new all-electric vehicle, the EV6, promises to deliver the very best ownership experience by making the electric lifestyle a viable option for day-to-day mobility.
Kia’s EV6 has removed the perceived barriers that prevent many from making the switch to electric. As Kia’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. The EV6 is designed inside and out to deliver the very best experience an EV can offer, making ownership as convenient and accessible as running an ICE vehicle, and with reduced environmental impact.
New electrification experience
Kia’s EV6 is built on the company’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) designed exclusively for its electric vehicles. This architecture ensures that EV6 provides a new electrification experience with powerful driving performance, ultra-fast charging, increased range and enhanced safety.
It also means that despite compact exterior dimensions, the EV6 offers class-leading space within. A long 2.9m wheelbase and minimal front and rear overhangs provide cabin space similar to that of vehicles in larger segments. Exceptional legroom of 1,078mm at the front and 990mm at the rear ensures space and roominess for all passengers to enjoy.
Banish charge anxiety with multi high speed charging system
EV6 introduces a world first 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-fast charging and more mainstream 400V fast 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-fast speeds, charging the EV6 battery from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes with a maximum power of 239kW.
EV6 comes with a long-range (77.4kWh) high voltage battery pack. Homologated WLTP values confirm that the rear wheel drive 77.4 kWh EV6 can travel up to 528 kilometers on the combined cycle (combined electric energy consumption 16.5 kWh/100km). That is similar to the distance from Belfast to Bantry on a single charge. Less frequent charging removes one of the most significant barriers to EV ownership.
The EV6 will indicate when its charge is low and the driver will be guided to the nearest charging station using the onboard navigation system. 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 Kia Charge* solution (provided by Digital Charging Solutions) gives EV6 owners additional access, and POI guidance, to around 205,000 charge points across Europe, including AC and DC connectors. (Kia Charge Solution will be rolled out in Ireland in January with more details to follow)
Kia has developed an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU)which controls built-in bi-directional chargers, and the Vehicle Charging Management System (VCMS). The ICCU enables up to 3.6kW of power to be transferred from the vehicle battery to other devices.. This vehicle to load (V2L) function allows occupants to charge electrical items on the go, such as a laptop, or home appliances using an outdoor V2L gender connector.
Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) charging is also possible whereby power can be transferred to another electric vehicle, for example in an emergency.
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The range was determined according to the standardized EU measurement procedure (WLTP). Maximum range of up to 528km can be achieved with the EV6 based on 77.4kWh battery pack, rear wheel drive, and 19” wheels. The individual driving style and other factors, such as speed, outside temperature, topography and the use of electricity-consuming devices/units, have an influence on the real life range and can possibly reduce it.