Kia's first dedicated all-electric model will be able to go 310 miles on a full charge, according to official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures released this week. The new EV6 is an all-electric CUV that will be available in different versions. The long-range models will use a 77.4-kWh battery and rear-wheel drive to get the maximum range of 310 miles, while the all-wheel-drive version with the same size pack will go 274 miles. A version with a smaller pack, 58 kWh, will get 232 miles of range.
Kia is highlighting the efficiency of the EV6, something that's possible since the electric vehicle (EV) was designed from the ground up to benefit from its all-electric powertrain. The longest-range EV6 has an overall efficiency of four miles per kWh. Kia's previous all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV, was based on the internal combustion Soul and was less efficient than the new EV6. According to the EPA, the 2020 Soul EV had a range of 243 miles, with an efficiency of 29 kWh per 100 miles. That translates to 3.45 miles per kWh.
Range isn't the only important factor in understanding the efficiency of an EV, of course, and the EV6 will be able to recharge at compatible DC fast chargers at speeds of up to 350 kW. Starting with a battery that's 10-percent full, owners can charge the EV6 to 80-percent full (adding around 217 miles of range) in under 18 minutes, Kia says.
"Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader," Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America, said in a statement.
The EV6 uses the same E-GMP modular platform used in other all-electric vehicles from Kia and Hyundai. The EV6's 114.2-inch wheelbase is as long as the one in the Telluride SUV and will give the EV6 a total of 102 cubic feet of passenger room. The two motors in the top-of-the-line GT performance trim—a 160-kW motor in the front and a 270-kW motor in the back—will produce a total of 576 horsepower and, according to Kia, be able to move the EV6 from zero-to-60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds.
The new EV6 will go on sale in early 2022 across the United States. Pricing has not yet been announced.