The Kia EV6 offers a WLTP range in the combined cycle of up to 528 kilometres if utilising the large 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive as now completed homologation shows. It is slightly more than Kia expected when debuting the EV last March.
When the model was presented at the end of March, Kia had still given a provisional value of 510 kilometres for this variant. Therefore, the combined energy consumption for this version of the Kia EV6 with the longest range is given in the final data with 16.5 kWh per 100 kilometres. The WLTP range of the all-wheel-drive version with a large battery is 506 kilometres, the average consumption as 17.2 kWh per 100 kilometres. The WLTP range in the city cycle is even 740 kilometres for the rear-wheel-drive version with the largest battery.
Like Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, the EV6 is based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Both models share the 800-volt technology but take advantage of the platform’s flexibility and thus differ in some key data. While the Ioniq 5 has a wheelbase of three metres, Kia has opted for 2.90 metres for the EV6. Nevertheless, the Kia has the larger battery with 77.4 kWh – the Hyundai has 72.6 kWh with a range of 485 kilometres in the rear-wheel-drive model.
For the smaller battery, however, both models rely on the 58 kWh version. Unfortunately, the WLTP range of the Kia EV6 with this battery is not mentioned in the Korean announcement. On the other hand, the Ioniq 5 with this battery and rear-wheel drive has a WLTP range of 400 kilometres.
The vehicle can be charged with both 400 and 800 volts. The E-GMP’s multi-charging system uses the electric motor and inverter to transform the 400 volts of the charging station into the 800 volts system voltage of the battery. Kia puts the maximum DC charging power at an 800-volt station at 239 kW, charging the large battery from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes. The 800-volt technology was developed by the Hyundai Motor Group itself.
As reported, orders for the Kia EV6 have been possible since the beginning of May. The base model is available with the 58 kWh battery and a 125 kW rear-mounted motor. The large battery is optionally available with a rear-mounted motor (168 kW) or as an all-wheel-drive model with two electric motors and 239 kW system output. Both drive systems are available as a base model and in the “GT-Line” equipment. The top model GT with a large battery and 430 kW will follow in winter 2022, while the base model and “GT-Line” will be delivered as early as this autumn.
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