Posted on August 26, 2022
If the prospect of buying a Kia EV6 appeals to you for its positive impact on both the environment and your wallet – or maybe you just love the instant torque and handsome looks it provides – but you are unsure of the steps you need to take to develop a charging rhythm, we’re here to help.
First of all, the Kia EV6 is good for up to 499 km of range from a single charge with the 77.4 kWh battery; there is a smaller 58 kWh battery choice but even it is good for almost 375 km, meaning that for the average Canadian drive, you are well covered.
That’s if you ever actually test the EV6’s full range, in whichever spec you choose; handy on-board tools like four-level brake regen and one-pedal driving are here to help ensure you never get so close to zero. One-pedal driving is especially handy in that not only does it start to recharge the battery as soon as you release the throttle, but is also slowing you down and helping your brakes live a longer life.
When the inevitable time comes that you do have to recharge, you have a number of choices.
The most obvious of these is plugging in to a 110V household outlet once you get home. That will get the job done, but it does take time; switching to a level II 240V charge will reduce that time almost 10 times over. Chargers of this type can be found at many charging stations, but also in parking lots at public parks or retail spaces. Many EV drivers are also installing level II chargers at home.
The most bang for your buck in the charging department, however, comes with a level III DC fast charge. These chargers – available in Canada-wide networks from Petro-Canada, Electrify Canada, Chargepoint and more – will take the EV6 from 10 per cent charge to 80 per cent in about 20 minutes.
So go ahead! Find your rhythm and enjoy some emission-free driving!