Posts Tagged ‘electric vehicle’

Go Electric with the Kia Niro EV

Thursday, March 17th, 2022
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Kia Corp is doing everything it can to bring its Plan S Strategy to life. With the automaker shifting all resources to Kia electric vehicles (EVs), then now is the best time to make it easier than ever for consumers to go green and switch to an EV. Kia America has a growing lineup of EVs and plug-in hybrids here in the states, and when it comes to EVs, there are many incentives popping up. On the west coast, Kia partnered with the Currently mobile charging service to offer free charging in California. If it goes well, other states may see the same thing, but if you don’t want to wait, Kia also partnered with Electrify America to offer free charging up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to new EV6 owners. This may also extend to other EVs by Kia, such as the Kia Niro EV – this electric crossover pretty much flew under the radar.

“With the 2020 Kia Niro ranked number one among mass-market brands in the inaugural J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, the 2021 model year arrives as largely a carryover but with technology and convenience enhancements.  Niro EV continues to deliver an estimated 239 miles of range on a single charge and may be eligible for state and local utility incentives, depending on location of purchase.” Kia Media

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Kia and Electrify America Partner Up for New EV6 Incentive

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Kia Corp wowed the world when it unveiled the Kia EV6, the first all-electric vehicle from the automaker that has no gasoline-powered predecessor. Kia usually makes a gasoline vehicle, then makes a hybrid based on its popularity, and then a plug-in based on the hybrid’s success, and so on. The Kia Niro crossover was the first vehicle to be a hybrid with no pure-gasoline model as its predecessor, followed by the Niro Plug-in Hybrid and Niro EV. Well, the EV6 is one-of-a-kind, and to show it some more love, Kia America and Electrify America have announced a new partnership. Consumers who buy a new Kia EV6 will benefit from 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), free of charge, at any Electrify America station across the U.S.

Wow! Now that’s nice. If people needed an incentive on buying an electric vehicle (EV) this is all they should need. Let me put this in details we can all understand. 1,000 kWh is far more than any EV needs on the average…jeez, more than a month. The agreement between the two companies will enable Kia owners to charge their Kia EV6 with energy for 3,500 to 4,000 miles of all-electric driving at no cost. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average consumer drivers about 1200 miles/month, 40/day. The EV6 has an EPA-rated 310-mile range.

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Kia America Announces Pricing for EV6

Friday, February 4th, 2022
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The all-new all-electric Kia EV6 was released back in 2021 by Kia Corp, but consumer may not have seen it on the street just yet. In fact, aside from flashy advertisements, where is the Kia EV6? It was overseas, of course, but not Kia America is ready to bring the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to the states. Whether you call it a hatchback or a compact SUV, the EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle to come from Kia that has no gas-powered predecessor. Built on the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 is riding on the foundation all of the future electric vehicles (EVs) by Kia will be riding on. With the Plan S strategy in full effect, if Kia wants to obtain 6.6% global EV market share, than they need to branch out and start selling EVs everywhere, even in the stubborn market of America. As the Kia EV6 starts hitting showroom floors, the starting MSRP has been shared, with the base trim set at $40,900 (plus destination fee).

Surprisingly, the MSRP jumps by nearly $7000 from the EV6 Light with rear-wheel drive (RWD, base) to the EV6 Wind RWD, but it’s mainly due to the power setup. According to the press release, just like before, the energy-dense battery pack powering the EV6 comes in two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. If getting the base model, consumers will be locked into a rear-wheel drive model powered by the 58.0 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor able to yield up to 167 horsepower. This model has an EPA rated all-electric range (AER) up to 232 miles. The EV6 Wind, also with RWD, is powered by the 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor able to generate up to 225 horsepower. This setup can deliver an AER of 310 miles.

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Kia and Hyundai Shift All Focus to EV Development

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole (the Group) are one of the most forward-thinking automotive groups out there. Kia has been working on hybrid cars, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), electric vehicles (EVs) – also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) – and even hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. With the majority of the industry moving towards EVs, competition is going to get even fiercer, and that means those already up ahead in the race need a little boost to stay ahead. A staff email leaked to South Korean newspapers tells us that the Group is taking the competition seriously and is shifting all of its focus onto electric power.

The last model only equipped with an internal combustion engine is the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, capable of generating 290 horsepower, this may be more or less a minivan, but the 2022 Kia Carnival can accelerate from 0-60 mph in seven seconds. A step towards a life of luxury on the road, this MPV can seat up to 8 passengers comfortably, and even comes with a VIP lounge seating setting for full reclining seats, raised power footrests, comfy headrests, and a customizable leather seat trim. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard can provide the driver with information and access to entertainment options. There is also a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with a 12-speaker Bose stereo. Another luxury SUV, the Kia Carens, was teased, but that’s it.

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Kia Reports New All-Electric Range for 2022 EV6

Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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Are you ready to go green? Now is the easiest time to choose an alternative fuel vehicle, when the auto market is just starting to brim with possibilities. Many automakers, maybe even some of your favorites, are finally taking the plunge into electrified vehicle territory, whereas trailblazers like Kia Corp are continuing to win, win, win when it comes to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Heck, their latest all-electric vehicle, the Kia EV6, has been a hot commodity since its reveal. The First Edition of the Kia EV6 sold out in record time, the EV6 won the TopGear Crossover of the Year Title, and when it comes to a green vehicle, nothing says it like a Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust. The year is almost over, but the benefits of the EV6 keep coming with a new EPA certified all-electric range of 310 miles.

“Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader,” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America

This wouldn’t be the first time Kia has had some changes with the EV6 driving range. Ratings are always different when it comes to the EPA, but originally, Kia had some different numbers. The Kia EV6 is built on an all-new E-GMP platform that will work as the foundation for Kia EVs going forward. Available with two powertrain sizes, 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery powering an electric motor, and with the ability to get rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the EV6 was proving to be a sporty EV with choices. When it came to driving range, Kai reported a total driving range of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh. They later reported a total of 328 miles for the EV6 with the 77.4 kWh battery, but only if the model is engineered with RWD.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the EPA would find different numbers, reporting a max of 310 miles when the EV6 is configured with a 77.4 kWh battery and RWD. This includes the EV6 GT and the EX+ that came standard with the larger powertrain. There is no fuel economy for an EV, but for those that want something similar, the EV6 gets about 4 miles per kilowatt hour (how much energy is produced in an hour). The EPA also reported a total of 232 miles when the EV6 was equipped with the 58.0-kWh battery.Regardless of who says what, the best way to test out the range of an electric vehicle is to drive one yourself. You can find the new Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall and then take a nice little road trip. For those of you who really like to go green, this tip is for all you vegans out there. Farmers Markets are the best place to find organic, friendly meat-alternatives but sometimes it’s hard to find some good “chick’un”. The Kind Cleaver is a vegan chef that makes all-natural, vegan deli meats and chick’un that tastes like the real thing. If looking for your next green meal, take a ride with the EV6 to the Winter Garden Farmers Market in Orlando, Florida and find out what you’re missing.

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Kia EV6 Lands Guinness World Record

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
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Since the reveal of the EV6 by Kia Corp, the all-electric hatchback has received awards and accolades. This isn’t uncommon for Kia models, always taking the industry by storm. Back in 2019, Kia announced that it was going to become the next all-electric automaker. Kia Corp isn’t just limiting the brand electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), because sports cars like the Kia Stinger and the Kia K5 are still growing and in demand. Recently, the Kia EV6 entered the book of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for the shortest charging time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle. We wonder how previous record holder Tesla is feeling right about now.

“The EV6’s record-setting run is the latest signal that Kia will be a leader in the popularization of electric vehicles…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.” – Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America

This wouldn’t be the first Kia vehicle to enter the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book. All the way back in 2016 after the Kia Niro was released, this crossover wasn’t just the world’s first hybrid crossover, but also made history with its own world record. Making a name for itself, the Kia Niro earned the Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the U.S. from coast to coast in a hybrid car. The Niro will hold onto this title for now, whereas the EV6 has its own record without needing a drop of fuel.

Drivers took the all-new 2022 EV6 on a journey across the United States, travelling a total of 2,880.5 miles. Distance wasn’t the factor, but how long this seven-day trek from New York City to Los Angeles would take, including charging time. The EV6 was only plugged in for 7 hours 10 minutes and 1 second across seven days of driving. This completely shatters the record set by Tesla, with charging times about six hours less in total. Jeez, excluding a good 8-10 hours of sleep, that’s almost half a day. Consumers can kill 20-30 minutes with a bite to eat, but waiting any longer would sure be a problem for the average commuter.

Some of this can be attributed to the upgrades in power the EV6 benefits from its all-new E-GMP platform and various powertrains. The EV6 can come with two sizes of power units – a 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery powering an electric motor. For more power, consumers will want the EV6 GT. It comes standard with the 77.4 kWh battery pack, able to produce 576 horsepower with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor and all-wheel drive (AWD) standard. Wait, did we say GT? We did!

It may sound insane, but Kia Corp is also focusing on GT vehicles. Kia knows people love sports cars, especially high-performance vehicles. What better way to break the auto industry than with a high-performance electric vehicle (EV)? Sounds too good to be true? The Kia EV6 GT is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. With a time of 1.85 seconds, another EV holds the record for speed, but we’re sure Kia is just getting started. The Kia EV6 hits dealership showrooms in early 2022. Contact us at Miami Lakes Automall to find out how to order an EV6 for the holidays.

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Kia Corp Teases All-New SUV

Friday, October 22nd, 2021
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Well, it’s finally happening. Back in 2019, Kia announced that it was going to become an all-electric automaker. This announcement also came shortly after Kia announced that the automaker was also going to start three new lines – GT for high performance, X for adventure and off-road activity, and the EX Designer Collection for adding high-end features to low-end trims. It was a lot to take on, but Kia was quick to release the concept for the Kia Futuron, now known as the Kia EV6. It all started with the Imagine by Kia concept during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and the automaker is not stopping. The newest PR teases an all-new SUV, and all signs are pointing to the next all-electric vehicle, an EV Kia Telluride.

Okay, take that one with a grain of salt. Yes, there was a leak from inside sources about an electric vehicle (EV) variant of the Kia Telluride, and after producing an already popular electric crossover, working on an SUV is the next step. If an automaker can make an electric SUV and a crossover, than a large car or sedan is easy – the market is already saturated by SUVs and crossovers, please bring back smaller cars, I’m begging you – but the electric SUV may follow the pattern of the EV6 and may be named the EV7 or EV8. With the K8 luxury sedan coming out, EV7 makes more sense and will avoid some confusion with the Kia K5/Optima also using numbers in the name.

Like we said, the Kia EV6 is already incredibly popular. Kia Corp announced the First Edition of the EV6 available for preorder on the manufacture website, and it’s already sold out. The Kia EV6 First Edition comes with 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. Built off of the GT trim, not only is the Launch Edition the most high-performing of the lineup, but it comes with plenty of the great technology in the EV6 we discussed in the past.

Knowing how successful the Kia EV6, it makes perfect sense that the Kia EV7 SUV will be next. However, the PR is a bit mysterious when it comes to the all-new SUV by Kia Corp. Making its virtual debut October 27, 2021, there will be plenty of new information on the date, especially with sales set for early 2022. All we know now, based on the PR, is this SUV can come front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AD0, standard advanced safety features like advanced driver assistance systems, plus high-tech entertainment options. Add in a little off-road capability and all-terrain tires, this SUV sounds like it’s ready for an adventure? But is this all-new SUV the electric SUV we’ve been promised? With such little information, it’s hard to tell, but the official debut is soon, and then we’ll have plenty to talk about. Follow along with us about the all-new SUV from Kia Corp on Miami Lakes social media.

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Kia and Hyundai Secure New Plant for BEV Cell Production

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
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The spotlight has been on the new all-electric vehicle from Kia Corp, the Kia EV6. With a showcase during the Emmy Awards over the weekend and “America’s Got Talent”, there is certainly a lot to look forward to. A first for the automaker, the EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor. With that came not only its own powertrain but also its own platform, the new E-GMP platform built in 2020. Recently receiving the ‘Carbon Measured’ from Carbon Trust, a certification that the EV6 is eco-friendly. With so many vehicles in the lineup, how will Kia factor in the production needed for battery-electric vehicle (BEV) battery cells? Don’t worry, it’s all going to plan – the Plan S Strategy.

In early January 2020, Kia Corp was still Kia Motors, and came out with big cojones. The Plan S Strategy is the business plan Kia Corp will be using to dominate the electric vehicle (EV) market, owning a 6.6-percent global market share of all EVs sold. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but currently, there are more than 200 models available in various parts of the world. Multiply that by one million, and 6.6-percent is suddenly a lot more powerful. If all goes well, this could soon become a reality.

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Kia Corp and Hyundai Motor Find New Ways to Store Energy

Friday, September 17th, 2021
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Here’s an interesting story. With all of the automotive technology and startups in the world, there is a lot of potential for electric vehicles and even self-driving vehicles in the very near future. Some automakers, Kia Corp and Hyundai Motor and Co included (the Group) have been pushing the envelope to go a step further for some time now with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Now, the Group is working on clean, free energy. Or at least, that’s how it seems. The below project sounds very reminiscent of a certain clean energy project pulled off by a certain Japanese automaker, Hitachi Europe LTD, and ENGIE, the largest natural gas distribution network in Europe. There’s nothing like some healthy competition.

Like the aforementioned project, this takes three players – OCI Solar Power, one of the largest utility-scale solar energy developers in Texas; CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned, fully-integrated electric and natural gas utility; and the Hyundai Motor Group, a South Korean multinational automotive group that consists primarily of the Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent to use recycled electric vehicle (EV) batteries and use them as devices for energy storage. Yep, very familiar.

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Kia EV6 Receives Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust

Friday, August 13th, 2021
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What is a carbon footprint? A term that started to become more familiar, maybe new for some, a couple of decades ago, is not commonplace when it comes to taking care of the planet we live on. Earth took billions of years to take shape and become habitable, so surely it has billions of years of resources and life in it right? Those billions of years happened naturally, and humans are just speeding up the sands of time. Automobiles are a huge part of the carbon footprint, and with the slow shift to greener fuel solutions, automakers like Kia Corp will be leading the way into a cleaner future. In fact, Kia Corp recently received the product carbon footprint certification and ‘Carbon Measured’ label for the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle from the global climate change and sustainability consultancy, the Carbon Trust.

First, a carbon footprint is a term used to describe the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds produced when consuming fossil fuels like oil by a particular person, group, event, organization, service, place, or product. Everything from the food we eat to the waste we produce can play a part in someone’s carbon footprint, but mostly, it’s stuff like energy (gas vs electricity), transportation (personal vs public) and elimination of resources (waste vs recycling). We still have a long way to go, but all-electric automakers can help curb things exponentially.

“This is important validation of a broad range of measures we are now taking to reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle throughout its lifecycle. As we introduce more electrified models to our line up over the coming years, we will step up our sustainability efforts and ensure we are achieving high levels of transparency when it comes to environmental impact. It has been great to work closely with the Carbon Trust to achieve the Carbon Measured label as one of our first steps to implement new sustainability initiatives.” – Sangdae Kim, Head of Strategic Business Planning Division at Kia

Now, the Carbon Trust is definitely a new name to us, but we may be seeing it a lot more often as more green vehicles make their debut. Just like the ABC Waymo self-driving car needs to get certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before hitting the road, an all-electric vehicle should also come with its own certification. The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world that advises many businesses in a variety of industries how they can achieve a sustainable, low carbon world. Just like it did with Kia Corp, the Carbon Trust certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains, and products.

When measuring the total greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions were measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) to provide consumers with information about the carbon impact of their purchase of the vehicle in question. The Kia EV6 was measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment, reviewing the entire life cycle of the emissions from the extraction of raw materials to its eventual termination or end-of-life – we’re talking chemicals here, so if nothing is burning, then shelf-life and half-life is what we’re looking at. That could be years, decades for some. The Carbon Trust ‘Carbon Measured’ label is a validation for the accuracy of these measurements, giving consumers a better idea of how the EV6 can help them reduce their carbon footprint.Want to go green and help reduce your carbon footprint? Look for the Kia EV6 and other hybrid or electric vehicle options at Miami Lakes Automall.

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