The All-Electric Kia EV6 GT: The Complete Guide For The UK

kia ev 6 GT
Price: £61,595
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 77.4 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 263 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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 GT


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 family car has much to offer, apart from its head-turning exterior sporty coupé styling. However, if that is not enough and you need higher performance, then the sportier EV6 GT will not disappoint!

The Kia EV6 GT is available in one EV battery size (77.4 kWh) with a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 263 miles (WLTP). Though the EV range for the GT is impacted by the higher performance compared to the standard EV6 variant, an electric range over 200 miles is certainly more than adequate for most driving needs! Of course, we need to adjust for the real-world driving conditions. For the AWD EV6 GT expect a zero-emission electric range closer to 225 miles.

The EV6 GT also offers class-leading DC charging capability. The electric compact SUV can be DC charged up to a whopping 350 kW. Put another way, the battery can be charged up to 80% in 18 minutes. Just enough time for a short coffee break. It is true, in that, the ultra-rapid charging infrastructure in the UK is still at early stages, but expect this infrastructure to develop fast. Having said that, the EV6 GT can be charged up to 80% in 73 minutes using a 50 kW DC charger, which are fast becoming widespread across public EV charging stations in the UK.

The Kia EV6 GT offers a 11 kW (3-phase) onboard charger as standard. For those with access to 3-phase AC charging at home or workplace, the electric vehicle (EV) can be fully charged in 7 hours and 20 minutes. However, as most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, charging at home will take longer. Expect the EV6 to be fully charged via a dedicated residential EV charger in 12 hours and 30 minutes.

Yes, the EV6 GT can be charged via a 3-PIN domestic socket. However, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic socket for charging an electric car. For the EV6 electric SUV, it will take up to 32 hours and 45 minutes to fully charge using a household plug! We also recommend a topping up approach to EV charging. This way charging times are shorter!

There is no doubt, in that, the EV6 GT is a good looking electric car. But, it does not stop there. The interior is equally impressive and offers a high level of technology and features. Some of these include: 12.3″ curved driver display screen, 12.3″ curved touchscreen navigation, augmented reality head-up display, remote smart park assist (RSPA), 360° around view monitor, blind-spot view monitor, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, highway driving assist 2, forward collision avoidance and more. The EV also offers Vehicle-to-Device (V2D) charging compatibility (3.6 kW) to charge appliance while on the move.

Despite the sporty coupé roofline, the EV6 has ample room for passengers seated in the rear seats given the placement of the EV battery below the floor. The EV also offers a decent boot capacity (480 L).

In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive (AWD) EV6 GT does not disappoint, despite the additional weight of the onboard EV battery (479 kg). The Kia EV6 GT AWD can achieve 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds (max power: 577 bhp/ 740 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 162 mph. The GT drive mode is on the steering wheel.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax rate for pure electric cars. The Kia EV6 GT can be leased via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire today!


PROS CONS
Good performanceElectric range impacted by higher performance
Heat pump and V2D as standard Only available in one EV battery option
DC charging up to 350 kW and 11 kW AC onboard charger available as standard Only available in two colours

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The All-Electric Kia EV6 GT (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

Variants (1 Option)
EV6 GT (from £61,595)

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). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 20 mins)
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):1890
Length (mm):4695
Wheelbase (mm):2900
Turning Circle (m):11.6
Boot Capacity (L):480

EV6 GT
EV Battery Capacity:77.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):263 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):227
Charging: 350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 18 minutes). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 20 mins)
Top Speed:162 mph
0-62 mph:3.5 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (bhp):577
Torque (Nm): 740
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,610
Colours:2
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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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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