EV6 owners have more reason to celebrate.
Low electricity costs versus rising gas prices is one of the key selling points for electric vehicles, and many automakers are improving that benefit by offering complimentary charging at public stations. BMW and Mercedes both announced two years of 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America, while Audi (part of the Volkswagen Group) provides three years of complimentary charging. Kia is the latest brand to partner with EA with the new 2022 Kia EV6 coming with 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of free charging. This amount of electricity should enable around 3,500 to 4,000 miles of driving (depending on vehicle trim and road conditions). Owners will be given three years to use these complimentary charges before they expire.
For reference, the base EV6 with the 58-kWh battery can travel 232 miles on a charge, while the larger 77.4-kWh battery model can go 310 miles (274 miles with AWD). The EV6 also possesses an 800-volt multi-charging architecture, enabling 350 kW peak charging speeds (the highest of any EV). Using an EA DC-fast charger, the EV6 could go from 10-80 percent charge (217 miles in range) in under 18 minutes.
"Kia is undergoing a pivotal shift to electrification and the all-new EV6 is the first major step in that direction, underpinned by the company's advanced E-GMP platform," said Steve Center, COO and EVP, Kia America. "Partnering with Electrify America will enable our customers to enjoy a superior charging experience coupled with the outstanding all-electric range of the EV6."
"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 chief executive officer 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."
Kia EV6 owners can access their complimentary kilowatts via the Electrify America mobile app. An enrollment code is provided through the Kia Access App after the EV6 owner signs into Kia Connect, the automaker's in-car telematics system.