Kia intends to make a pivot to electric vehicles and if the EV6 they’ve been telling us about is an indication of where it’s going, then we’re interested. Very interested.
Over the past few weeks, the Korean automaker has given the world details about the vehicle, which will be built on an all-new electric-vehicle platform. We mentioned many of the design attributes here, but today we’ll examine some of its engineering features and dimensions.
Oddly, Kia shared details in metric, not the standard system we’re accustomed to here in the United States. That said, we’ve converted to standard, placing those numbers in brackets after the metric figures.
Here’s what we now know about the Kia EV6:
A choice of multiple zero-emissions platforms.
Kia says that the EV6 will have a range of 510 kilometers (317 miles) on a single charge. That’s well above the 239-mile-range for the Kia Niro EV and just ahead of the 315-mile range for the Tesla Model 3.
Fast-charging the way we want it.
We know that vehicle electrification has several challenges facing it, including the lack of a public charging network. Likely, we’ll see the network issue addressed under a proposed Biden Administration infrastructure plan. As far as rapid recharging, Kia has some good news: with 800V ultra-fast charging, the EV6 can go from 10 percent capacity to 80 percent in 18 minutes. Or, if you need to travel 100 kilometers (62 miles).
Ample get up and go.
With a few trims to consider, speed will be of interest to some. Kia reports the EV6 GT has a 0-100 km/h [62 mph] time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h [162 mph]. That’s below the top speed of some sports cars, but it’s doubtful many will complain. The top-trim GT is the performance beast here with 577 horsepower on tap.
A matter of size.
Kia shared some details about the vehicle’s size, at least for the European model. This one will measure 114.17 inches between the wheels and is 184.25 inches long by 74.02 inches wide by 61.02 inches tall. The rear trunk space measures just over 18 cubic feet or nearly 46 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The front trunk is much smaller with its size determined by whether the vehicle is rear- or all-wheel drive.
More to follow.
Once the EV6 arrives, Kia will dive headlong into its electric-vehicle strategy. Indeed, the company plans to have 11 EVs in place by 2026, including seven based on its dedicated platform and another four derived from existing gas models. Kia is aiming to count 40-percent of its sales in 2030 as EVs – standard hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric models. Through a steady increase in global sales, Kia would like to sell 880,000 units annually by 2030.
“EV6 is the embodiment of the new Kia. It is born to inspire every journey, through bold design, progressive engineering, innovative technologies, and exciting electric performance,” Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President & CEO said. “EV6 also represents the beginning of Kia’s long-term commitment to sustainable mobility, accelerating the transition not only to clean transportation but also products, materials and manufacturing.”
For Kia, the EV6 is just one of many products it has on the way or soon to be released (the EV6 arrives fall 2021). We’re currently evaluating the K5 GT and find it’s a strong competitor in the midsize range, as it combines cutting-edge design, premium features, and performance to deliver a handsome model.
Kia’s next new model is gas-powered, the Carnival MPV. Replacing the Kia Sedona minivan, it has a more utility vehicle layout, but it will keep the rear sliding doors. Besides the upcoming EV6, Kia plans to roll out the next-generation Sportage SUV and a refreshed Stinger sedan.