Kia EV6 outperforms Tesla cars in charging speed

20-11-2021 12:00
At the ongoing International Auto Show in Los Angeles, Kia has revealed the results of a record-setting trans-American journey performed by its newest battery SUV, the EV6.

At the ongoing International Auto Show in Los Angeles, Kia has revealed the results of a record-setting trans-American journey performed by its newest battery SUV, the EV6.

The driver was able to travel from New York to Los Angeles in a week, covering 2,886.1 miles (4,644.7 kilometers) and spending as little as 7 hours 10 minutes and 1 second total at charging terminals. The accomplishment was officially registered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Kia pointed out that an average stop at a charging terminal lasted less than 20 minutes, which means that the EV6 driver stopped at least 22 times, or once every 131 miles (211 kilometers). A global charging network was used, giving the EV6 an advantage over Tesla with its proprietary Supercharger network.

Speaking of which, a Tesla Model S P85D traveled down the same path (albeit west to east) six years ago. It needed 12 hours 48 minutes and 19 seconds to top up its batteries throughout the journey, or five and a half hours more than the EV6 did. The whole trip took only 58 hours 55 minutes, however, and we imagine the current-gen Tesla being much faster charging than before.

While it wasn’t explicitly stated, Kia probably sent its longest-range EV6 modification to the trip. It is a rear-wheel-drive car with 229 PS (226 hp / 168 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque at the wheels. A 77.4-kWh battery provides enough power for around 483 km (300 miles) of range.

Standing for five minutes plugged into an 800V terminal lets the EV6 cover another 100 km (62 miles), while going from empty to 80 percent full takes 18 minutes. Aside from being a rapid charger, the car can share its stored power with notebooks, household appliances and equipment.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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