Kia EV6 Charging Times Are Now Twice As Quick In Cold Weather

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A simple software update has made charging quicker than ever.

With the demand for EVs soaring, Kia is looking to dominate the market, and its EV lineup, which includes the EV6, Niro EV, and the upcoming EV6 GT, seems to be doing well in the local market. The EV6 has proven to be a popular model, and with the upcoming EV6 GT promising massive performance and the possibility of full self-driving technology on the horizon, the future looks bright for this compact crossover. Kia has now announced even more good news: the 2022 year model EV6 is getting a software update that will make cold weather charging even faster. This is great timing, with winter approaching and all.

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Those who were the first to invest in an EV6 are now getting the same battery conditioning feature that comes standard on 2023 model year EV6, EV6 GT, and all-new Niro EV models, enabling these vehicles to be charged faster in cold weather conditions. The battery conditioning feature is being offered as a retrofit upgrade. According to Kia, an EV6 can charge from 10% to 80% in as little as 18 minutes under optimal conditions when using its 800-volt ultra-fast charging technology. When the temperatures drop to lows of around five degrees, that time extends to 35 minutes in cars not fitted with the battery conditioning feature, meaning that 2022 models equipped with the tech can expect to see a 50% improvement in charging times.

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The conditioning system works through the navigation system to preheat the battery when the driver sets a DC fast charger as a destination in the navigation system, the battery temperature is below 21 degrees, and the state-of-charge is 24% or higher. This system switches off when the battery reaches its optimal operating temperature. The Kia EV6 features a battery of between 58 kilowatt-hours and 77.4 kWh and power outputs ranging from 167 horsepower to 320 hp. The EV6 will manage a range of 232 miles in base form, going up to 310 miles in the higher-spec models. The EV6 can charge up to 70 miles in five minutes or 217 miles in 18 minutes when using an 800V DC charger.

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"The EV6 has won awards and plaudits for its impressive ultra-fast charging performance, real-world driving range of up to 328 miles (WLTP), and class-leading space and technology," said Alexandre Papapetropoulos, director of product and pricing at Kia Europe. "We are constantly looking at ways of improving our products, and with the new battery conditioning upgrade, any existing EV6 customer can benefit from even faster cool-weather charging times - particularly useful as temperatures drop. Simple and intuitive to use, this new feature will ensure drivers can spend less time charging and more time enjoying the journey. This initiative underscores our commitment to maximize the ownership experience for all customers."

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