Kia launched the highly anticipated EV6 crossover in Europe, with customers now allowed to place orders. The launch price is €44,900 ($45,000 after adjusting for taxes). This allows it to compete directly with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV, the Tesla Model Y, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Volkswagen ID.4. While the Tesla, Volkswagen, and Mustang are already on sale, the Koreans have launched their cars in the recent past. However, both the Hyundai and the Kia are banking on their style and uniqueness. The Ioniq, Model Y, Mustang, and ID.4 are natural competitors owing to their price, range, and shape.
Strong interest shown in the Kia EV6 crossover in the first 30 days. The launch price is $45,000.
The Kia EV6 has a new design philosophy called ‘Opposites United’. This makes the EV6 a very attractive car that will definitely turn heads everywhere. While the EV6 shares its specifications with the impressive Ioniq 5, the cars look a lot different. The shared internals help in reducing costs. It also allows the companies to develop their technology more aggressively. Although both cars do compete against each other, the looks and experience offered by both cars are vastly different.
The Kia EV6 has stunning looks.
Kia hits the ground running
The Kia EV6 has received a lot of positive interest. The company reported a total of 33,000 prospects within a month of launching the car. This includes 7,300 reservations and a further 26,000 inquires for the crossover. The 58 kWh option starts at €44,900. There is a 78 kWh option as well. Both battery sizes can be paired with a rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel-drive system. This flexibility will be an added bonus when compared to the Tesla Model Y. According to a report from Kia, they have already secured 300% of the expected sales volume for 2021. This has pleased the company and it will now encourage Kia to expand and launch in other competitive EV markets as well.
The Kia EV6 has a neatly executed interior.
Impressive features offered in the EV6
The Kia EV6 offers a whole host of great features to set itself apart from the competition. Many of these are well-thought-out and will definitely be a hit among the customers
The EV6’s battery charges from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. For quick top-ups, the battery can be charged for a range worth 50 miles in 4.5 minutes. However, the party trick isn’t the fast charging. While most carmakers offer fast charging options, Kia has added a few extra features to stand out. It has a ‘vehicle to load’ function. This turns the car into a power supply. It can run a 55 inch TV and an air conditioner for an impressive 24 hours in this mode. It also allows the user to charge other EVs using its battery. This will, however, reduce the battery of your car, but is a handy feature to help someone who is stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Sophisticated Battery Regeneration System
While battery regeneration through braking has been around for some time, Kia again goes a step further to offer something extra. The car has a sophisticated i-Pedal system. This allows the driver to slow the car down without completely lifting off the accelerator. This takes the concept of one-pedal driving a step further. It also comes with its own learning curve but could ease the driver’s job a bit more.
The EV6 is constructed on Hyundai’s GMP platform.
Cold weather protection
A major hurdle for EV makers is the adverse effect that cold weather has on the battery. The cold has adverse effects on the battery, in both the short and the long term. To counter this effect, companies use an HVAC heat pump system. Kia claims that its heat pump system will allow the car to retain as much as 80% of its battery life in temperatures as low as 19-degrees Fahrenheit. It also works with the battery charging system to manage the battery life and ensure that the fast charging does not harm the battery.
The EV6 has an interestingly constructed interior. The interior of the Kia incorporates the green image that the car has. Recycled plastic is used in making the upholstery for the seats of the EV6. This plastic is the equivalent of 110 plastic water bottles that would otherwise be a part of a landfill. This further boosts the green image of the EV6.
The Kia EV6 has an eco-friendly interior.
As things stand, the Kia EV6 checks all the necessary boxes in terms of being a potential success. The car has a good range, strong performance, stylish looks, a well-executed interior, and a host of exciting features. The fact that it could potentially undercut most of its competition when it comes to price is the icing on the cake. Although Kia has had electric versions of its hybrid or petrol models in the past, the EV6 marks the beginning of a new journey. The EV6 is the first purely electric vehicle in the Kia range. The crossover will not have a petrol or hybrid alternative. It bodes well for Kia that the car has received such strong interest within its first month. It bodes well for us that another excellent offering is entering a highly competitive market. Overall, this vehicle could be a resounding success story. Good times lie ahead.