Kia EV6 takes fast-charging record from Tesla

Kia’s latest electrical automotive is a velocity demon on the charging station.

The Korean carmaker introduced Wednesday on the Los Angeles Auto Present that its new EV6 crossover can formally “refuel” extra rapidly than some other electrical automobile. 

In a 2,880-mile drive from New York Metropolis to Los Angeles, the automotive was solely plugged in for 7 hours, 10 minutes, and 1 second.

The charging port of the Kia EV6.

Plug it in.
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Tesla beforehand held the record for shortest charging on the identical route again in 2015 in a Model S at 12 hours, 48 minutes, and 19 seconds. 

The charging achievement reveals how EVs are selecting up the tempo. The typical charging cease was below 20 minutes for the EV6. Its 800 volt system takes solely 18 minutes to go from 10 p.c charged to 80 p.c.

The automotive’s long-range 77.4 kWh battery has a 315-mile vary that’s constructed on Kia’s new Electrical-International Modular Platform (E-GMP). The latest Tesla Mannequin S has a 100 kWh battery and over 400 miles of vary.

The EV6 is scheduled to reach within the U.S. early subsequent yr.

On the LA Auto Present, Kia additionally revealed a brand new hybrid version of its Sportage compact SUV. With a full tank of gasoline and absolutely charged battery, it will probably journey 500 miles. 

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