The South Korean automaker’s new EV brings long-range, zero-emissions power, and 800V ultra-fast charging to the crossover SUV market. The EV6 is Kia’s first car based on the company’s new platform for BEVs, the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The vehicle will be available three trims: the EV6 (base model), the EV6 GT-line, and the EV6 GT.
Customers can choose between two battery capacities – 77.4kWh (long range) and 58.0kWh (standard range). Customers will also be able to choose between RWD or AWD – a first for the Kia brand.
The long-range EV6 is capable of travelling more than 510 kilometers (316 miles) on a single charge and can accelerate from 0-to-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds. For the standard-range EV6, this figure is 6.2 seconds.
The EV6 offers 800V and 400V charging capabilities, without the need for additional components or adapters. Across all trims, the car can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes. When RWD is paired with the 77.4kWh battery option, a top-up charge (to add 100km of range) can be performed in less than five minutes.
Based on an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU), the EV6’s charging system is more flexible than Kia’s previous BEV offerings. It enables a new vehicle-to-load function which can discharge energy from the vehicle’s battery. The V2L function can supply up to 3.6kW of power and, for example, could operate a 55-inch television and air conditioner simultaneously for over 24 hours. This system can also be utilized to provide charge to another EV.
The EV6 introduces an enhanced technology suite that featuring new safety, connectivity and infotainment features. The vehicle’s infotainment system features two panoramic dual 12.3-inch curved displays, both of which feature thin film panels that utilize a new structure, and advanced technologies, to reduce glare. Extending from the steering wheel to the center of the car, the system displays a digital cluster in front of the driver with the central display located above the center console. The system utilizes Kia’s ‘Kia Connect’ automotive operating system (formerly known as UVO). The OS features a range of real-time Kia services and is capable of over-the-air software updates. It also allows users to locate, and find the pricing of, EV charging points, view the vehicle’s charging status, plan smart-charging schedules, and check the range radius based on how much charge the vehicle has left.
The EV6 also features an augmented reality (AR) head-up display system, which projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. It displays alerts from the car’s Advanced Driver Assistance System as well as the vehicle’s speed, and any navigation instructions.
The car is the first step in Kia’s mid-to-long term strategy for BEVs, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicles. Targets within this strategy include having BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs make up 40% of the OEM’s total sales by 2030, an annual sales target of 1.6m units for eco-friendly models, and for BEV sales to total 880,000 units in 2030. To achieve these targets, Kia plans to strengthen its EV lineup with 11 new BEV models by 2026 (seven will be built on E-GMP architecture), and four electric variants of existing models. The EV6 will be produced in South Korea and will go on-sale in select global markets starting from the second half of 2021, with online reservations beginning from March 30 in some of these markets.