The 2022 Kia EV6 debuts as the first of a future lineup of electric Kias. This electric vehicle supports different charging levels at home and in public.
The KIA EV6 is the automaker’s first dedicated crossover electric vehicle, and while the car features an exquisite design, how many charging options do owners have? As more electric vehicles are rolled out, Kia is introducing its entry, the EV6, which shares an identically designed platform with electric SUVs like Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60. But, interestingly, it is the first Kia model to be based on this platform. Called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), this architecture will also accommodate a range of future Kia electric vehicles. Announced in August 2021, the EV6 is expected to challenge the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 for supremacy.
By building the EV6 from scratch, Kia is breaking new ground in producing battery electric vehicles, which by the end of 2030 will control a larger share of the automotive market. Soon internal combustion engines will be phased out. With the growing interest in electric vehicles across America, more automakers are stepping up their efforts to offer electric models that outperform their gas-powered counterparts. Other electric SUVs launched by automakers include the BMW iX, Subaru Solterra and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Potential buyers of the Kia EV6 have a choice of five trim levels, with the base trim, Light Trim, starting at $41,400, and the premium trim, GT-Line (e-AWD), priced at $56,400. . These prices, as well as the prices of other toppings, may be lower after applying the federal tax credit. Buyers should consult with a certified tax professional to determine their eligibility for this incentive. The EV6 is available in RWD or AWD configuration. The RWD option has a multi-link rear suspension that still promises athletic handling. With the AWD configuration, two motors provide improved acceleration and handling on all terrains. Two battery options are available: 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh. While the 58 kWh battery variant offers up to 232 miles of range, the 77.4 battery variant allows drivers to enjoy a range of up to 310 miles. As expected, the EV6 can be charged at home or in public, with fast-charging capabilities announced by Kia.
Explanation of docking and charging options
Homeowners can take advantage of Tier 2 (240V) at home using an 11kW on-board charger that can replenish EV battery life overnight. Through a partnership with ChargePoint, Kia can offer customers a ChargePoint Home Flex EV charger that must be installed by a certified electrician. Prioritizing innovation and convenience, Kia allows drivers to monitor the vehicle’s battery status, control when the electric vehicle charges, and also adjust the cabin temperature even when he is plugged in. Public charging is made easier through the Kia Connect app as it provides users with useful information such as nearby charging station locations, charger availability and speed. The app is also handy for finding stations that offer 400V and 800V DC fast charging.
Drivers can also enjoy 1,000 kWh of complimentary charging access to Electrify America’s public charger network. The KIA EV is designed to recharge using 400V or 800V fast chargers. While a 400V charger can deliver up to 80% battery life in 18 minutes, the 800V counterpart does the same in 18 minutes, adding 217 miles of range. However, weather conditions and energy loads in the vehicle may affect estimated charging times.
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