There have been a few hiccups with the Kia EV6 First Edition model. Aside from the reservation website going down on June 3rd – which reopened on the 8th – the global chip shortage for semiconductors is going to be a hard hurdle to jump as the year goes on and chips become more scarce. After all, what is an electric vehicle? The First Edition EV6s may be the only units available of this new model, with a limited run of 1500 units. They were all available for reservation on Kia.com, but don’t rush to the manufacturer website. All 1500 units have already been bought up by fans and consumers alike.
“Kia welcomes the first EV6 buyers who join us in this historic movement…Kia’s ‘electric lifestyle’ delivers a unique combination of luxury, performance and technology and the First Edition EV6 will provide owners with an experience all of their own.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Any time an automaker launches a Launch Edition of a new vehicle, or even a special edition, they go fast. Consumers can’t seem to resist the temptation when they see the words “limited” or “special”. On top of the reserved EV6 unit, consumers also got to choose one of three gifts that would come with the EV6 First Edition model. Consumers who reserved a unit could also choose (1) an at-home vehicle charger with a 1000 kWh credit within a national charging network, or (2) an Apple Watch. Personally, I hate Apple products, so I can proudly say over 80-percent of registrants chose the smart option – an at home charger. Seriously though, if buying an electric vehicle, getting an at-home charger just makes sense. For those that picked the smart watch, all it does is allow them to link up with EV6’s suite of Kia Connect services – something you can do with a smartphone, albeit. Bravo on that choice.
Although there aren’t any units left, we’re going to share what’s so special about the EV6 First Edition model. With any hope, some of the unique features available on the First Edition will be available on the rest of the lineup as an add-on or part of a package for a little extra cash. Most of the time, that would be true, and a launch edition is simply providing the best there is at a better price. With a little luck, everyone can get an EV6 First Edition, but at a different price. Of course, that’s assuming the semiconductor chip shortage allows for Kia Corp to make more than 1500 units, assuming the automaker can actually meet the goal of 1500 units.
The added features to the EV6 First Edition include an Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a wide sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year subscription to SiriusXM, dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor. Oh yeah, that’s a nice suite of features to get. The AR heads-up display isn’t new to the auto industry, but it’s a nice touch for a limited-edition vehicle. The Remote Smart Parking Assist is also cool, able to move the car in and out of tight parking spots with the key fob. Plus, that powertrain and drivetrain setup come straight from the EV6 GT trim, making the First Edition also a GT trim. Can high-performance and electric vehicles make it work?
Waiting for the EV6 to be made widely available. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to find out when more hit dealership lots.