The All-Electric Kia EV6: The Complete Guide

Kia EV6 electric crossover

Overview


Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991.



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The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover


The pure electric compact crossover from Kia was introduced in March 2021. It is the first EV from Kia built on a dedicated EV platform, the E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), also used by the Hyundai IONIQ5 EV.

The Kia EV6 pure electric crossover is positioned for success. The exterior styling is eye-catching, coupled with an equally impressive interior standard specification and quality. Despite the sporty roofline, the EV6 has ample room for passengers seated in the rear seats. The EV also has a decent boot capacity (490 L).

The EV6 is one of the few pure electric cars that has a lot to offer an EV owner, without breaking the bank. Prices start at £40,895 (the EV does not qualify for the PiCG grant). The EV is available both as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and an all-wheel drive (AWD), with one EV battery option (77.4 kWh). The electric vehicle (EV) has an impressive range up to 328 miles. Also worth noting is that the EV can be charged up to 350 kW DC charging at public EV charging stations, achieving an 80% charge in less than 20 minutes!

The EV is practical and versatile, and more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

Kia EV6 electric crossover
The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover (credit: Kia)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (6 Options)
EV6 Air RWD (from £40,895)
EV6 GT Line RWD (from £43,895)
EV6 GT Line AWD (from £47,395)
EV6 GT Line S RWD (from £48,395)
EV6 GT Line S AWD (from £51,895)
EV6 GT (price not available)

PROSCONS
Good looks and exterior stylingRear-visibility poor/ blind spots
Standard technology specifications highOnly available in one EV battery option
Good electric range and DC charging up to 350 kWAll-wheel drive (AWD) not standard for all variants

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (77.4 kWh)
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 18 minutes). On board charger: 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1550
Width (mm):1880
Length (mm):4680
Wheelbase (mm):2900
Boot Capacity (L):490

EV6 77.4 kWh RWD
EV Battery Capacity:77.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):328 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):165
Charging:350 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:114 mph
0-62 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):168 kW
Max Power (bhp):226
Torque (Nm):255
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,000
Colours:4

EV6 77.4 kWh AWD
EV Battery Capacity:77.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):314 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):172
Charging:350 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:116 mph
0-62 mph:5.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):239 kW
Max Power (bhp):321
Torque (Nm):255
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,105
Colours:4

Kia EV6 electric crossover
The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover (credit: Kia)

Kia EV6 electric crossover
The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover (credit: Kia)

Kia EV6 electric crossover
The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover (credit: Kia)

Kia EV6 electric crossover
The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover (credit: Kia)

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EV Charging Stations Available Via e-zoomed (credit: Wallbox)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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