If you are looking for To make it clear to every petrolhead in a simple way that his days are numbered, one should point out that anyone who is younger than 6 today will never learn to drive a car with a combustion engine. You will probably be surprised that we used to load our vehicles with around 70 liters of flammable liquid and then happily keep going, spitting out harmful gases.
Kia knows this all too well. Despite great success with its more conventional models, such as the increasingly ubiquitous Sorento SUV, which has a waiting list in the UK that extends well into next year, the company is diligently pushing electrification – and apparently without breaking a sweat. Remember the Soul EV and e-Niro? Yeah we loved her.
The Korean brand has now added a new all-electric flagship to its range: the EV6. Such is its importance to the company that it will be the first Kia to sport its new, weird rebranding logo, and it is a call to other manufacturers. Quality construction? Check. Comfortable range north of 300 miles on a single charge? Check. The usual Kia value for money? Check. In the UK, prices for the EV6 start at a very competitive £ 41,000. US prices are still openbut that’s about $ 55,300 so you get the idea.
Kia is owned by the Hyundai Motor Group, of course, so it’s not surprising to see this crossover on a version of the same E-GMP architecture that underlies it Hyundai Ioniq 5. Given the performance of the Ioniq 5, that’s not a bad thing. Crucially, however, the EV6 has better battery performance, which eliminates our main problem with the Ioniq 5, which was its maximum range of 280 miles on the top of the line.
The EV6 is initially available in two versions: a 321 hp all-wheel drive and an inexpensive single-engine rear-wheel drive with 226 hp. The usable battery capacity is 77.4 kWh, regardless of which engine setup you choose. There are no plans to add a smaller battery version in the UK, but such a model will end up in other countries. If range is your primary concern, you’ll be pleased to learn that the cheaper single-engine version has the best range, 328 miles compared to the all-wheel drive model’s 314 miles.
And thanks to this Ioniq 5 architecture, EV6 owners can enjoy the same party piece of Hyundai’s electric chassis: a patented technology that powers the motor and inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging. Stop yawning. That is really cool. Why? This means that you can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes with a 350 kW charger – 18 minutes! If you can’t wait 18 minutes, you can get 62 miles of range in just five minutes. Home charger? You have to plan about 7.5 hours.
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