And it was done by a huge margin.
Range anxiety is one of the main factors that put people off switching to electric cars, but advances in battery technology and a constantly improving charging infrastructure have made it more feasible to go road-tripping in an electric car. Last month, the Volkswagen ID.4 proved this when it set a new world record for the longest continuous journey in an electric vehicle in a single country, covering more than 35,000 miles across America.
Recently, the Kia EV6 was also taken on a coast-to-coast road trip from New York to Los Angeles and set another new world record in the process.
During the seven-day trip, the Kia EV6 was charged for a total of seven hours, 10 minutes, and one second. That was fast enough for it to set a new Guinness World Record for shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle. Impressively, it shattered the previous record set by Tesla by more than five and a half hours. For reference, the Tesla needed to be charged for a total of 12 hours, 48 minutes, and 19 seconds.
"The EV6's record-setting run is the latest signal that Kia will be a leader in the popularization of electric vehicles," said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Kia America.
"All of Kia's world-class engineering and experience in electric vehicles will be applied in the move to electrification. The same attention to detail, design, quality, technology, and driving dynamics that Kia has become known for will be found in every new electric vehicle we bring to market."
As a newcomer to the EV industry, this is great publicity for Kia. The EV6 will arrive in dealers nationwide in early 2022. It will eventually be joined by the EV9 flagship electric SUV, which was previewed as a concept at the LA Auto Show. Effectively, it will be the electric equivalent to the Kia Telluride in terms of size.