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The numbers are finally in for the Kia EV6. Heading off to dealerships nationwide, the all-electric hatchback from Kia Corp is the EV6, and although there has been a lot of guesswork about the electric vehicle’s driving range, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally got around to it, and the maximum all-electric range (AER) for the 2022 EV6 is set at 310 miles when equipped with a 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive (RWD). Hmm, that’s a first.
Going on sale in the first quarter of 2022, the Kia EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor to come from Kia Corp. That means no regular gasoline combustion engine vehicle was first sold, then popularity turned it into a plug-in or an electric vehicle (EV). This EV6 is the first in line, riding on an all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP that will serve as the platform for many EVs coming from Kia in the future, like the already upcoming all-electric SUV. Choices of electrified vehicles are starting to pop up from all automakers in the market, and like many others, Kia Corp is also releasing electrified versions of consumer favorites, like the recent 2022 Sorento Hybrid.
One thing Kia Corp has been keen on highlighting with its EVs is personalization and customization. Consumers like to treat their vehicle as not just a consumer product, but as a part of themselves. It’s no wonder automakers are so focused on car connectivity these days, able to connect consumers to their vehicles via smartphones and smart speakers like Amazon Alexa or Google Home. The Kia EV6 being the first EV in the new lineup already has two choices for the consumer when it comes to power. Able to be equipped with a 58.0-kWh or a 77.4 kWh battery, horsepower and range varies.
The engine has been replaced by a pair of 430kW motors, and if going for the larger battery option, consumers will also find themselves with the choice of the EV6 GT-Line or the EX+. Keep in mind the RWD limitation when it comes to maximum AER. When first released, the EV6 GT was a big deal. An all-electric high-performance vehicle? Also the base model for the First Edition (already sold out). Equipped with a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor, this beauty could generate 545 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. Equipped with an electronic-Limited Slip Differential software, control is in the hands of the driver. The First Edition also came with many add-on features, some of which can be found in the lineup. These included an Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a wide sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year subscription to SiriusXM.
Of course, if looking for range, consumers will have to go for an EV6 with RWD. To reiterate, the EPA rating of 310 miles maximum AER applies to the EV6 when equipped with the 77.4 kWh battery and RWD. When equipped with the 77.4 kWh battery and AWD, that number drops to 274 miles. When equipped with the 58.0-kWh battery and RWD, the Kia EV6 has a total range of 232 miles. With automakers and organizations working together to make EVs more practical and investing in the installation of more EV charging stations, recharging the EV6 will also be easy thanks to a patented multi-charging system that supports 400v and 800v DC charging for faster charging on the road.
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