The EV6 by Kia has some impressive numbers. The 800V charging capability means EV6 can go from 10 to 80% battery charge in just 18 minutes. The GT version can accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 260 km/h.
I will leave the acceleration to the speed enthusiasts. For the other folks, what counts is range.
Investing 4.5 minutes to get a range of 60 miles (100 kilometres) is pretty good. You could add 60 miles while stepping out to stretch your legs or to take a photograph. It takes around 5 minutes to get a coffee or a sandwich.
When you look at the range of 315 miles (510 kilometres), that’s about how much you would drive in a day on a long journey. Plus, you could charge 80% of the battery when you stop for a meal. So, if you covered over 300 miles in the first half of the day, you could get another 300 miles in the time you grab lunch.
For people who love the outdoors or prefer to travel with their home, the EV has a towing capacity of 1,600 kg.
KIA says that EV6 is a culmination of skills and expertise collected throughout the company’s design-led transformation.
It is Kia’s first car to be based on the company’s dedicated new platform for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) — the all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), and forms the first part of Kia’s transition to the new era of electrification under the new brand slogan ‘Movement that inspires’.
This crossover is the first dedicated BEV launched under the new Kia design philosophy ‘Opposites United’, which takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity. At the centre of the design philosophy is a new visual identity evoking positive forces and natural energy, with contrasting combinations of sharp stylistic elements and sculptural shapes.
The philosophy is based on five key design pillars: ‘Bold for Nature’, ‘Joy for Reason’, ‘Power to Progress’, ‘Technology for Life’, and ‘Tension for Serenity’.
The exterior design of EV6 is a powerful representation of ‘Power to Progress’.
The interior design is liberated by Kia’s dedicated E-GMP platform, which offers increased space compared to previous Kia EVs based on existing model architecture. EV6’s interior design profiles an innovative use of space, creating a unique spatial and driving experience.
Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center, said, “EV6, as the first dedicated Kia EV, is a showcase of human-centred, progressive design and electrified power. With EV6, we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes while providing a unique space as a futuristic EV.”
Ho Sung Song, Kia President & CEO, said, “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. EV6 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.”
The company has released a video in which the people behind the EV6 briefly explain the salient points of the EV. From what Habib had to say, it appears that the KIA design team wants to appeal to every auto enthusiast who plans to buy an EV.
The EV takes part in a drag race with a Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes AMG GT, McLaren 5705, Porsche 911 Targa 4, and Ferrari California T in the video.