Kia EV9 will hit the road before the end of summer
Kia will start production of its new EV9 electric model in South Korea in the first half of 2023. According to a report in The Korea Herald, the automaker reached an agreement with the country’s metalworkers’ union.
According to the report, the Kia EV9 will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Gwangmyeong, in the Gyeonggi-do province. Pre-orders for the Kia EV9 in South Korea are scheduled to open in April. As reported, Kia will officially present the EV in the first quarter of 2023. The concept of the large SUV was first announced in November 2021.
The EV9 could roll off the production line at Hyundai Motor Group’s new US plant in Georgia from 2025. The construction of the plant began in October 2022.
The first details about drive variants and prices for the EV9 were leaked in January. There could be as many as five equipment options with ranges of 220 to 290 miles (354 to 467 kilometres) available, which could sell for 56,000 and 73,000 dollars in the US. Variants with rear-wheel drive could have a power output of around 150 kW. All-wheel-drive variants could have an output of around 300 kW.
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According to The Korea Herald, two more electric models from Kia will also go into production at the South Korean plant in Gwangmyeong next year. Industry insiders say these could be the EV3 and EV4.
On top of that, Kia is also planning to build a plant for “Purpose Built Vehicles“ (PBV) with a capacity of 150,000 units in Hwaseong, also located in the province of Gyeonggi-do. According to Kia, in the medium to long term, such vehicles will not be built on the basis of existing models, but on a dedicated e-skateboard platform. The manufacturer plans to start construction in the first half of 2023 and commercial production in the second half of 2025. Initially, the plant should be able to build 100,000 vehicles per year. Depending on demand, Kia could also increase production at the plant to 150,000 units per year.
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