I suppose “EV1” was taken?
Critically, although, people, as we speak a giant day for Kia, with the revealing of the brand new Kia EV6 crossover, the model’s first-ever devoted battery electrical automobile. In contrast to Kia’s earlier EVs that shared fossil-fuel-powered variations, the brand new EV6 was designed from day one as a purely battery-electric automobile, permitting the corporate to shift its innovation into excessive gear…
The EV6 additionally marks the US launch of Kia’s Plan S technique to roll out 11 new electrical fashions within the subsequent 5 years. Sure, we’ve all seen the EV6 because it was launched abroad officially starting in March and even teased before that. We even acquired a rough starting price of $45,000 previously. However follow us right here.
As a devoted battery electrical automobile, the EV6 is constructed on a skateboard chassis that Kia calls the Electrical-International Modular Platform (E-GMP). This skateboard would be the core tech discovered within the subsequent technology of Kia electrical automobiles. The design is rear-wheel drive biased however helps a second motor up entrance for all wheels drive capabilities. Sure, it’s also the identical skateboard that’s shared by sister firm Hyundai for its highly-touted IONIQ 5.
It additionally contains what Kia calls the world’s first mass-produced built-in drive axle, which mixes the wheel bearings and driveshaft to avoid wasting weight and enhance trip consolation and dealing with.
For the EV6, the drivetrain choices begin with a 160 kW rear motor paired with a 58 kWh battery. Upgrading to the bigger 77.5 kWh permits the system to attract full energy from the motor, peaking at 218 horsepower.
An all-wheel-drive EV6 with a 77.4 kWh battery provides a 70 kW entrance motor for a complete of 313 hp and a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. Maxing out the EV6’s specs within the GT model will see the entrance and rear motors upgraded to 160 kW and 270 kw, respectively, for a mixed 576 hp and a 0-60 time of fewer than 3.5 seconds. The Nickel cobalt manganese battery affords as much as a focused 300 miles of vary in its largest configuration.
Kia claims that the EV6 sports activities the world’s first patented multi-charging system help 400V and 800V DC quick charging, working with DC chargers starting from 50kW to 350kW. At full tilt, that’s 70 miles of vary in 5 minutes or as much as 210 miles of vary in a 10-80 p.c recharge in below 18 minutes.
In the event you’ve acquired the time, the crossovers onboard 11 kW stage 2 charger can take the most important configuration battery from 10-100% in seven hours, which is an in a single day cost for night time owls and early risers alike.
However in true 2021 trend, the EV6 goes each methods, with automobile to load (VTL) charging that turns the crossover right into a cellular electrical supply with as much as 1900W of energy. It might even do vehicle-to-vehicle charging, although at an virtually pointless 1.1 kW fee or roughly the equal of charging off of a 110-volt outlet. We’ve heard that the corporate went with VTL as a substitute of the extra frequent VTG (Grid) as a result of the software program capabilities required off-grid connectivity weren’t but accessible. We’re advised you may count on the EV6 to energy something a 2kW generator can energy, and the specs sheet says it will possibly achieve this for 36 hours.
Heading inside, the EV6 has a contemporary cabin with loads of area, due to that flat flooring design enabled by the skateboard chassis and lengthy wheelbase. There are 102 cubic toes of passenger area with 27.7 cubic toes of cargo room behind the rear row, or practically double that cargo area when the seats are folded down, plus, in fact, there’s much more space for storing up entrance within the frunk.
It’s a decidedly completely different fashion than the mega-hatchback fashion of the IONIQ 5, although each might be questioned for being referred to as CUVs, which apparently is the brand new title for “automobiles.”
Techwise, you’ll discover a panoramic twin built-in 12-inch TFT heart cluster and infotainment display that gives this good and broad, curved show throughout the whole instrument panel.
There’s additionally each an augmented actuality and heads-up show system to venture graphics instantly onto the windshield and create a 3D picture over the automotive’s hood.
A surround-view monitor is offered via using 4 cameras across the automotive that present a 360-degree perspective — useful for parking in these tight areas. Different driver aids embody blind-spot avoidance and ahead collision avoidance — each of which use automated braking to assist keep away from collisions.
Early adopters will recognize the preliminary 1,500 models will a part of a particular EV6 First Version run and can include fully-loaded accent packages, in addition to three distinctive coloration choices. These might be accessible for pre-order beginning June 3 and be the primary accessible off the road.
Others seeking to slide into their very own EV6 must wait till the automobile goes on sale early subsequent 12 months, nevertheless. Although, it gained’t be till late subsequent 12 months that the primary GT models roll into driveways.
I can’t assist however assume we’re on the precipice of a brand new technology of purpose-built EVs right here. Up till now, most Kia/Hyundai EVs have been derivatives of Plugins/hybrids and have been designed across the requirement of getting an engine. They have been good EVs however not in comparison with what we’re seeing as we speak.
The EV6 stands out in so some ways, delivering on the promise of the way forward for EVs and within the course of checking virtually each field. It prices in below 20 minutes (on the quickest of L3 charging station solely), it has loads of vary. The absence of a drive or exhaust shaft means you get a flat flooring to go together with that low heart of gravity. You’ll be able to energy your own home for days from the automotive in an emergency. It’s mid-3 secs, 0-60 quick, and it has an AWD possibility.
The EV6 has all of it and even appears to be like nice to me, although, subjectively, that rear finish might have to develop on me just a little bit extra. Now the ready begins…
Full press launch follows:
All-new Kia EV6 crossover ushers in new period of electrical driving pleasure
Kia’s first devoted EV alerts the start of the model’s transformative ‘Plan S’ electrification technique
- New Electrical-International Modular Platform (E-GMP) underpins all-new CUV in rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive
- World’s first 800V multi-charging structure allows ultra-fast DC charging functionality from 10-80 p.c cost (as much as 210 miles vary) in below 18 minutes
- State-of-the-art 77.4kWh high-density lithium-ion battery permits as much as a focused 300-mile vary for highway journeys and excursions
- 114.2-inch wheelbase equal to the Telluride SUV
- 102 cu.-ft. of passenger room; flat flooring design yields 27.7 cu.-ft. of cargo room behind second row and 53.5 cu.-ft. of area with the second-row seats folded down
- Exhilarating 576 horsepower GT efficiency delivers 0-60 in lower than 3.5 seconds
- Modern Car-to-Load (V2L) operate turns EV6 right into a cellular energy supply for computer systems, tenting, tailgating, and back-up energy at residence
- 21 commonplace energetic Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS) with semi-autonomous driver capabilities together with Freeway Driving Help 2 (HDA2)
- Augmented Actuality (AR) Head-Up Show (HUD) system initiatives three-dimensional photographs on windshield
(IRVINE, Calif.) Could 18, 2021 – The all-new 2022 Kia EV6 crossover arrives because the model’s first devoted battery electrical automobile (BEV). The introduction of EV6 alerts the U.S. launch of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ technique that can ship 11 all-new electrified fashions internationally by 2026.
Beginning with the EV6, Kia’s EV lineup will carry a novel naming conference. The “EV” designation might be adopted by a quantity that signifies the automotive’s place within the lineup.
The E-GMP modular platform maximizes improvement effectivity and allows the Kia model to develop its devoted EV portfolio throughout a number of automobile segments – sedans, CUVs, SUVs – in a short while and with minimal complexity. The structure offers an adaptable basis with an extended wheelbase and broad stance.
The EV6’s proportions unify Kia’s all-new “Opposites United” design language and ship crossover performance. The visible language combines basic sports activities automotive inspiration with high-tech cues, fashionable CUV styling and a coupe-like profile. The EV6 has the identical 114.2-inch wheelbase because the Kia Telluride, and compares with the width of a Ford Mustang Mach E and the wheelbase and floor clearance of a Tesla Mannequin Y.
The EV platform additionally allows jaw-dropping efficiency, AWD functionality, ultra-fast charging instances. The automobile delivers as much as an estimated 300-miles of all-electric vary (AER), vehicle-to-load (V2L) performance, and a flat-floor inside that makes use of sustainable supplies all through the cabin. The EV6 additionally affords a wide selection of superior driver help programs, including an unprecedented stage of connectivity and security.
“The EV6 marks a brand new and transformative period in Kia electrification,” mentioned Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America. “This revolutionary crossover leverages the various advantages of its superior platform to supply a stage of technological pleasure and comfort that can present an outstanding possession expertise.”
The primary EV6 fashions are anticipated to go on sale in early 2022 in all 50 states with the GT arriving in late 2022.
EV6 First Version
In a primary for the model, Kia will provide a particular EV6 First Version accessible by superior reservation at Kia.com beginning June 3. Restricted to only 1,500 models, the EV6 First Version affords the styling of the usual design, which incorporates exterior particulars akin to black wheel arches in a totally loaded bundle. The Augmented Actuality (AR) Head-Up Show, Distant Sensible Parking Help, broad sunroof, 20-inch wheels, premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system and a two-year subscription to SiriusXM are among the many upgrades within the EV6 First Version, together with dual-motor AWD and a 77.4 kWh battery.
Three distinctive coloration combos embody Glacier with darkish inexperienced seats, City Yellow with black seats, and Metal Grey Matte with black seats. The First Version would be the solely option to get the look of the Metal Matte Grey paint on an EV6 with the usual design whereas the City Yellow exterior coloration might be unique to the First Version. Finishing the aesthetic are illuminated door sills with the First Version designation, together with a numbered inside badge highlighting the restricted manufacturing quantity.
‘Opposites United’ CUV Design
Imagined, penned, and delivered to life by Kia’s three design studios in Seoul, Frankfurt and Irvine, California, the EV6 crossover is a worldwide collaboration impressed by a brand new design philosophy referred to as ‘Opposites United,’ which takes its cues and inspirations from the contrasts present in nature and on a regular basis life. Key design parts embody:
- “Digital Tiger” grille type serves as Kia’s new tiger nostril design
- Headlamps provide sequential dynamic mild sample
- Flush exterior door handles
- Excessive rear deck serves as a spoiler
- Cross-car rear mild cluster
- Wheel sizes might be accessible in 19, 20 or 21-inches
A Basis for the Electrical Age
E-GMP serves because the core expertise for the subsequent technology of Kia EVs. Highlights embody:
- Rear-wheel-biased; accessible AWD functionality with entrance electrical motor
- Robust physique construction using 75 p.c high-strength metal (HSS) and ultra-high energy metal (UHSS)
- 5-link rear suspension
- World’s first mass-produced built-in drive axle (IDA) to boost trip consolation and dealing with, combining wheel bearings with the drive shaft to avoid wasting weight
- An extended wheelbase and quick overhangs maximize inside area with flat flooring, no tunnel format
- Underfloor mounted battery placement allows low heart of gravity for stability
Battery Tech for Very good Efficiency, Prolonged Vary, Quick Charging and Modern V2L
On the coronary heart of EV6 is an energy-dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack accessible in two sizes: 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. The low-mounted, underfloor pack delivers power to each RWD and AWD electrical motor layouts with various horsepower on the entrance and rear axles. AWD offers EV6 the traction and functionality befitting a CUV.
EV6 affords as much as 576 horsepower and an prolonged AER as much as a focused 300 miles throughout a number of configurations (AER for particular drivetrain configurations might be introduced nearer to the EV6’s on-sale date):
- RWD: 58.0 kWh battery with a 160kW rear motor yields 167 horsepower
- RWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW rear motor yields 218 horsepower
- AWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 70kW entrance motor and a 160kW rear motor yields 313 horsepower
- Estimated zero-to-60 efficiency in 5.1 seconds
- AWD: 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW entrance motor and a 270kW rear motor yields 576 horsepower(GT)
- Estimated zero-to-60 mph efficiency in lower than 3.5 seconds
- Not accessible till late 2022
Past its spectacular energy and vary, the EV6’s superior battery system allows the comfort of ultra-fast charging with the next options and capabilities:
- World’s first patented multi-charging system supporting 400v and 800v DC charging, which works on DC chargers with speeds starting from 50kW to 350kW
- 800v DC quick charging from a 350-kW charger permits:
- Practically 70 miles added in lower than 5 minutes
- As much as 210-miles (10-to-80 p.c) added in below 18 minutes
- 11kW on-board charger (OBC) for Degree 2 recharging from 10-to-100% in 7 hours, 10 minutes (240v AC, at 40-amps) for the bigger 77.4 kWh battery variations
Modern Car-to-Load (V2L) performance makes EV6 an influence supply on wheels to help every thing from computer systems to residence enchancment initiatives to tenting and tailgating. Electrical energy flows from the high-energy battery to an Built-in Charging Management Unit (ICCU), offering 1900 watts of energy to electrical home equipment, units, instruments and leisure tools. The system highlights embody:
- 110V energy outlet positioned in a socket on entrance of second row seat base; adapter to attract energy from the exterior cost port
- From a full cost, energy might be drawn from the automobile for 36 or extra consecutive hours
- EV6 is ready to cost vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) at 1.1 kW, equal to a 110V charger
Sustainable, Spacious, Tech-Savvy Cabin
The EV6 affords a contemporary and eco-friendly cabin with a spacious, flat flooring design. Normal and accessible inside highlights embody:
- Intensive use of recycled plastic all through inside
- 100% vegan leather-based surfaces on some trims
- 100% LED lighting in and out
- Slim entrance seats
- Skinny seat frames use ultra-light “giga-steel” to maximise rear seat area/knee room on account of a slim seat again design
- 27.7 cubic toes of cargo area behind 60/40 split-folding second row; 53.5 cubic toes of cargo area with second row folded down
- Arms-free Sensible Energy Tailgate for simpler cargo entry
- Further space for storing for small objects in entrance trunk (frunk)
The EV6 affords a wide selection of normal and accessible expertise options, together with:
- Panoramic twin built-in 12-inch TFT heart cluster and infotainment screens that type a large, horizontal, curved show extending throughout the instrument panel
- Blue light-filtered screens to cut back eye pressure and fatigue
- Augmented Actuality (AR) Head-Up Show (HUD) system initiatives graphics from the bottom of the windshield in a big three-dimensional picture that seems to be over the hood of the automotive
- Gives pace and Superior Driver Help System (ADAS) alerts, automobile data, lane steering and turn-by-turn navigation directions
- Bluetooth performance
- Wi-fi smartphone charging
- Meridian Premium Audio system
- 14 audio system with titanium dome for an immersive and wealthy audio expertise
- Intelli Q expertise corrects audio quantity/sound high quality in line with automobile pace change
- UVO hyperlink related automobile expertise:
- Kia Pay: Get pleasure from an in-car commerce expertise. Permits the consumer to transact conveniently from contained in the automobile with a rising variety of retailers and well-liked retailers
- Obtainable Add-On buyer comfort Map and Infotainment Over-The-Air (OTA) functionality
- Obtainable Wi-Fi Hotspot: Permits prospects to attach their private units and revel in streaming
- Stolen Car Restoration: Peace of thoughts for house owners with the potential to help legislation enforcement companies to get better a stolen automobile
- Related Routing: Makes use of the cloud to calculate the optimum route utilizing real-time maps, predicted visitors information primarily based on historic data and AI to study the popular routes of customers
- Smartwatch accessibility: Gives battery standing, automobile notifications and sure automobile management via Apple and Android smartwatches
- Related Climate: Gives climate data for greater than 25,000 cities
- Enhanced voice help function permits voice management of the automobile’s local weather, seat and steering-wheel heating, audio system, and different capabilities
- Sensible Speaker Integration: Lets prospects use Amazon-Alexa or Google-Assistant enabled sensible speaker or machine to remotely management sure automobile capabilities, akin to distant begin
- 911 Join and Roadside Help: Robotically calls 911 by way of the built-in modem if an airbag deploys. For non-emergencies, it will possibly join with 24/7 roadside help and share the automobile’s location
- On-demand Discover My Automotive with Encompass View Monitor: Makes use of the automobile cameras to seize photographs of the automobile’s environment after which shows them within the UVO hyperlink App or Portal
- Final Mile Navigation: Gives strolling instructions to the motive force’s precise vacation spot if the automobile is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away
- Integrates proprietor’s private calendar and exhibits calendar occasions within the navigation system
The EV6 additionally affords a roster of normal and accessible options that improve security and comfort:
- Encompass View Monitor (SVM): Makes use of 4 cameras to supply a 360-degree perspective across the automobile, enhancing driver confidence in tight parking conditions
- Parking Collision-Avoidance Help-Reverse (PCA-R): Detects sure objects behind the automobile, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected and can routinely help with emergency braking if there’s a danger of collision
- Rear Occupant Alert (ROA): Upon exiting, the automobile offers a reminder to test for unattended passengers that will stay within the rear seating space
- Distant Sensible Parking Help (RSPA): Permits distant parking or exiting a parking spot with the motive force working the EV6 from outdoors the automobile
- Secure Exit Help (SEA): Audibly alerts the motive force or passengers opening their door to not exit the automobile when the system detects approaching visitors. The system can intervene to lock the rear doorways when the automobile is provided with accessible Energy Youngster Lock
The Security of Superior Driver Help
As a part of Kia’s total dedication to security, the EV6 has a complete record of 21 commonplace energetic Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS)1 together with:
- Blind-Spot Avoidance Help (BCA): Underneath sure circumstances, can detect automobiles touring within the subsequent lane. When a automobile is detected within the blind spot, the automobile brakes the outer wheel below sure circumstances to assist return the automobile to its lane
- Driver Consideration Warning (DAW): Senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visible warning to alert the motive force
- Ahead Collision-Avoidance Help (FCA): Assists the motive force when braking to assist forestall a collision or reduce the consequences in sure circumstances if a automobile is detected in entrance. Makes use of automated braking to keep away from or mitigate an influence
- Different commonplace iterations of FCA embody FCA-Ped (Pedestrian), FCA-LS (Land-Change Aspect), FCA-LO (Lane-Change Oncoming), FCA-JC (Junction Crossing), FCA-JT (Junction Turning)
- Excessive Beam Help (HBA): Detects oncoming visitors and routinely switches off the excessive beam headlights then turns them on as soon as visitors has handed
- Freeway Driving Help II (HDA 2): This method is the evolution of HDA, which is a driving comfort system that retains a set distance from a automotive in entrance and facilities the automobile within the lane. HDA2 will moreover help with lane adjustments and modify the lateral place of the automotive inside the lane
- ISLA (Clever Velocity Restrict Help): Acknowledges indicators and offers related suggestions within the cluster and augmented-reality head-up show (AR HUD)
- Navigation Primarily based Sensible Cruise Management-Curve (NSCC-C): Leverages the navigation system to decrease the automobile’s pace proactively earlier than upcoming curves within the highway
- Rear Cross-Visitors Collision Avoidance Help (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross visitors when in reverse. When approaching cross visitors is detected, the system alerts the motive force and applies the brakes
Kia America – about us
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top of the range surveys and is acknowledged as one of many 100 Greatest International Manufacturers. Kia serves because the “Official Automotive Accomplice” of the NBA and affords an entire vary of automobiles bought via a community of greater than 750 sellers within the U.S., together with automobiles and SUVs proudly assembled in America.*
*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in america from U.S. and globally sourced elements.
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