Kia to Showcase its Electric Push at IAA

Kia will showcase its advance in electrification at IAA Mobility Munich 2021 using the new EV6 as a taste of what is to come.

The Korean carmaker will outline the capabilities of its first dedicated BEV while also giving a global premiere its Sportage PHEV based on the first European-specific version of the Sportage in the model’s 28-year history. Kia hopes the Sportage PHEV will attract people looking to make the move to electric while enjoying the practicality and presence of the new urban SUV. This model features a 1.6-liter gasoline T-GDI engine, a 66.9kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

Kia’s EV6 will also make its first European public debut. The automaker hopes this model will allay many of the obstacles currently standing in the way of BEV take-up by claiming rapid charging times, access to an extensive charging network, long range and segment-leading interior space.

The EV6 claims a long-range 77.4kWh battery pack that allows it to travel up to 328 miles, measured on the WLTP combined cycle, from a single charge. Accompanied by its 400/800V charging capabilities, the model boasts charging from 10%-to-80%t in as little as 18 minutes, or can add 60 miles of range in under five minutes when plugged into a 350kW ultra-fast charger.

Visitors to IAA Mobility can find Kia at the outdoor exhibition on Odeonsplatz between 2pm and 8pm on 7 September, 10am and 8pm on 8-11 September, and 10am to 5pm on 12 September. On offer will an EV6 VR experience and the opportunity to sit in both the all-new Sportage PHEV and the new EV6.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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