Owners of the 2022 Kia EV6 will get 1,000 kWh of free charging at Electrify America stations thanks to a new partnership between the Korean automaker and the charging company. This will allow drivers of the EV6 to go 3,500 to 4,000 miles with no charging costs depending on the vehicle and other key conditions.
With chargers that offer up to 350 kW, 2022 Kia EV6 owners will be able to take advantage of their vehicle’s 400/800-volt charging architecture. In ideal conditions, this allows the car to DC charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. Those that are eligible will be able to access the Electrify America network via the mobile app. An enrollment code will be provided via the owner’s portal on the Kia Access App after enrolling in the Kia Connect telematics service. EV6 owners will have three years to use their 1,000 kWh of complimentary charging.
“Our collaboration with Kia is an excellent example of how automakers are helping customers make the transition to an electric lifestyle easy for new EV customers,” “said Giovanni Palazzo, President, and CEO of Electrify America. “We are entering an exciting time in delivering personal transportation options to consumers and Electrify America is dedicated to making the switch to zero-emission vehicles seamless with convenient and reliable charging options.”
Steve Center, COO and Executive Vice President at Kia America note that the partnership with Electrify America will allow EV6 owners to take advantage of a massive network of charging stations. He also added that Kia is undergoing a big shift toward full electrification with the EV6 being the first step toward that. Built on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform, the Kia EV6 is closely related to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60. This means the battery is mounted flat and under the passenger compartment to keep the center of gravity low.
The base EV6 Light gets a single 168-hp electric motor mounted in the rear and a 58-kWh lithium-ion battery. That version can travel up to 232 miles per charge. Wind and GT-Line versions come exclusively with a 77.4-kWh battery, giving in a driving range of 310 miles in single-motor configuration and 274 miles if you go for a dual-motor example. Single-motor models make 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the dual-motor is good for 320 hp and 446 lb-ft. If you’re looking for more power, the EV6 GT has 576 hp and 545 lb-ft from its two electric motors. However, that will likely have a range of around 250 miles or slightly lower as a trade off for the crazy power levels.
Pricing for the 2022 Kia EV6 starts from $42,115 for the base Light grade. The Wind trim starts at $48,215 and gets you the larger battery and a long list of standard features. Moving up to the GT-Line bumps the price up to $52,415. Dual-motor variants start at $52,115 for the Wind and $57,115 for the GT-Line. Loading up an EV6 will cost you closer to $58,000 if you get an extra-cost exterior color or one of the cosmetic interior packages.