The new Kia EV6 can be charged to a 100km range in under five minutes. Picture: SUPPLIED
The new Kia EV6 can be charged to a 100km range in under five minutes. Picture: SUPPLIED

Kia has launched its ultra fast-charging EV6 as the first car to be based on the company’s dedicated new platform for electric vehicles.

An 800V capability enables the EV6 to be charged from 10 to 80% battery in just 18 minutes, and to a 100km range in just four and a half minutes — the latter similar to the time it takes to fill a petrol or diesel car.

The premium crossover SUV is a halo model symbolising Kia’s newly transformed brand, but more affordable battery-powered vehicles will soon be launched to grow the company’s electric vehicle (EV) offering. The EV6 is the first of 11 new EV models from Kia by 2026, and 40% of the Korean brand’s vehicles will be either fully electric or hybrids by 2030.

The top model in the new EV6 range unveiled this week is the high-performance GT which has outputs of 430kW and 740Nm, giving it the claimed ability to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in a sportscar-like 3.5 seconds and achieve a 260km/h top speed.

The EV6 range, available in rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, offers a number of zero-emission powertrain configurations, with the long-range model able to travel more than 510km on a single charge, claims Kia. The baseline model has outputs of 125kW and 350Nm.

Smart regenerative braking, offering six levels, slows the car and recuperates kinetic energy to maximise driving range.

High-tech cabin has curved digital displays. Picture: SUPPLIED
High-tech cabin has curved digital displays. Picture: SUPPLIED

The EV6 was designed under the brand’s new design philosophy Opposites United, with  Kia’s “tiger face” reinterpreted for the digital era. With a generous 2,900mm wheelbase the car has cabin space similar to mid-size SUVs, along with a 520l boot and a 52l front trunk.

Inside, the hi-tech infotainment system includes a pair of 12-inch dual screens with curved displays and an augmented reality (AR) head-up display that projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen.

The EV6 will be produced in South Korea and go on sale in select global markets starting from the second half of 2021.

Kia hasn’t yet confirmed whether its new electric car will be sold in SA, and will bring an EV6 unit here to conduct a feasibility study.

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