Time to move beyond the EV6.
Kia isn't wasting any time jumping directly into the all-electric vehicle market. Now that the Kia EV6 (pictured) has been revealed and will soon go on sale, the South Korean automaker is proceeding quickly with plans to expand the EV-branded lineup.
According to information obtained by Auto Express, one of Kia's next two EVs will be the EV4. Like the EV6, it'll ride on Hyundai Motor Group's E-GMP platform but will feature a slightly shorter wheelbase, a flexibility benefit this dedicated EV architecture provides. Think of the EV4 as being closer in size to the Seltos but is expected to have more generous interior space. It won't be an electrified version of that model.
However, much of the EV6's battery technology is likely to be carried over, so either a 58 kWh or a 77.4 kWh battery pack. A dual-motor setup is also likely and the single-motor will be the entry-level and cheaper option. Another major platform benefit is that it offers up to 800-volt electronic architecture and a maximum charging rate of up to 350kW.
When equipped with the bigger battery, charging from 10 to 80 percent will take less than 20 minutes. Up to 62 miles of range should be possible in just five minutes or so. Question is, will the EV4 be sold in the US?
It easily could be because the platform is already homologated for our market. It'll definitely go on sale in Europe and we previously reported America is slated to get a large three-row EV SUV, possibly to be called the EV7 or EV8, in the not-so-distant future. Offering three EVs in the US may be a bit too much at first because the market isn't there yet.
But give it time, especially with the major EV push the Biden administration is aiming for. What's for certain is that the EV4 is coming very soon. Sources indicate it might debut sometime next year as a 2023 model. The EV7/EV8 is also expected around 2023.