Kia announces all-new EV6 all-electric SUV
Like many automakers, Kia has been developing a new vehicle platform designed specifically for electric vehicles. The company has announced that the EV6 will be the first consumer vehicle built on that platform. The EV6 will be a mid-size crossover SUV with seating for five passengers.
The EV6 will offer buyers a choice of multiple powertrain configurations, including long-range and standard-range high-voltage battery packs. Both two-wheel or all-wheel drive will be available.
The 2WD long-range EV6 will travel over 316 miles on a single charge. The AWD EV6 will accelerate to 62 MPG in just 5.2 seconds. The standard range EV6 can accelerateto 62 MPG in 6.2 seconds. The EV6 GT will do the dash to 62 MPH in just 3.5 seconds. Also, the EV6 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The EV6 offers both 800-Volt and 400-Volt charging capabilities, without the need for additional components or adapters. The car is capable of a high-speed charge from 10 to 80 percent of battery capacity in just 18 minutes on all models, or a top-up charge of 62 miles of driving range in less than four and a half minutes, when charging a 2WD vehicle with the long-range battery option.
Kia's EV strategy
The EV6 is the first vehicle in Kia's mid-to-long term strategy for EVs, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicles to make up 40 percent of Kia's total sales by 2030, with an annual sales target of 1.6 million units for these eco-friendly models. Kia plans to strengthen its EV lineup with 11 new EV models by 2026 — seven built on this new architecture, and four derivative EVs based on existing models.
The EV6 will be produced in South Korea. It will go on-sale in select global markets starting in the second half of 2021, with online reservations beginning soon. U.S. pricing has not been announced.
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