Posts Tagged ‘electric vehicle’

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.

Photo Source/Copyright: Kia Media

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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Kia and Hyundai Hit 200,000 EV Sales Milestone in Europe

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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Kia Corp has gone through a number of changes over the last few years – making the swept-back roof a cornerstone of vehicle design, a new Kia logo, and changing from Kia Motors to Kia Corp – the automaker shows no signs of slowing down as it continues to work towards its next goal of an all-electric vehicle lineup. It’s all a part of the Kia Plan S Strategy to dominate the electric vehicle (EV) market by 2025. As popularity for Kia and EVs grow, parent company Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp will hit new milestones. 2021 already marks one milestone, with a sale of over 200,000 EV units to date.

Hyundai and Kia have been selling electric vehicles since 2014, and the two have rarely ever experienced a slow down or lack of interest. The two automakers topped 10,000 units in 2017 when combining their sales in Europe alone, and in 2021 have already gone far past 100,000 units. Since the release of EVs from Hyundai and Kia, both under Hyundai Motor Group, a combined 227,919 EVs have been sold in the European auto market. 96,200 units come from Kia Corp. Although we still have several months to go in 2021, Hyundai and Kia have sold 43,865 EVs as of May – that’s a 99.5-percent increase from 2020.

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Kia EV6 Gets a Small Boost in Driving Range Before Release

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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The Kia EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle to be released by Kia Corp. Here we all thought it was going to be the Kia Futuron, and although the two share some similarities the EV6 is definitely in its own class. Back in 2019, Kia Corp stated that it would be releasing two new all-electric vehicles to start its all-electric lineup. These vehicles are said to have no predecessor, so the newly redesigned Kia Niro EV and the upcoming Kia Seltos EV – as cool as that is – doesn’t count. The first two vehicles are the EV6 and what seems to be an all-electric SUV, currently dubbed EV8 by the internet, and said to be as large as the Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the Kia lineup. We don’t have much information on that as of yet, but we do know a lot about the Kia EV6, and with the 2022 model year already starting for some automakers, we could see this new electric vehicle (EV) on the road soon.

Upgrades in Power

Good news is still good news, no matter how small it may be. With that being said, we have some updates about the EV6 powertrain. Built on an all-new E-GMP platform, the EV6 is unlike any other EV before it, from either Hyundai Motor (parent company) or Kia Corp. Equipped with an energy-dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack, the powertrain comes in one of two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. Wanting to prove performance and electric vehicles can share the same set of wheels, the EV6 also comes with a GT-line.

Consumers can get the EV6 with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), but the GT model comes with AWD standard and the 77.4 kWh battery pack, able to produce 576 horsepower with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor. Previously, the EV6 had reported a total driving range of 317 miles (give or take with regenerative braking) with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh. The latest data from Kia now reports a total of 328 miles with the 77.4 kWh, but only if the model is engineered with RWD. This means the GT trim won’t benefit from this slight boost in driving range, but we don’t expect anyone buying the Kia EV6 GT is using it “just for groceries”.

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Inside Sources Leak EV KIa Telluride

Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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Kia Corp has been very busy as of late, starting to deliver on the all-electric lineup promised years ago when the automaker announced that it was going to become an all-electric automotive brand. The Kia EV6 is just the start of electric vehicles (EVs) to soon make up the majority of the lineup, if not a large percentage. According to the Kia Corp Plan S Strategy, at least 11 EVs should be released by 2025, but that semiconductor chip shortage is affecting everybody. How any automaker can keep up with the increasing demand for EVs and green solutions is a mystery, but Kia Corp charges forth with an EV SUV and a new favorite on the horizon.

Following the EV6, and how can you top that? The South Korean automaker has already announced that an electrified version of the subcompact Seltos crossover is already on the timeline for the next EV to join the lineup, set to launch in 2022. Perhaps this is Kia Corp tinkering around with the E-GMP platform that made the EV6 possible. First, we start with an electric large car – not quite small enough to be a sedan, it’s more or less a hatchback. That makes perfect sense then to slowly move the size of the vehicle up by first adopting the new platform for a small crossover. One would say the next one on the list should be a full crossover or small SUV, but inside sources say a full-size SUV is planned to debut for the 2023 or 2024 model year.

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The Kia Motors EV6 is in Demand

Friday, May 7th, 2021
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Earlier this year, Kia Motors unveiled something extraordinary. It was the all-electric Kia EV6. This is a first for the automaker, having always released plug-in hybrid and electric versions of vehicles after an internal combustion engine was the precursor. One exception is the Kia Niro, released in 2017, and the first hybrid compact SUV of its kind; a plug-in hybrid and eventually an electric vehicle followed. The EV6, however, has no precursor, and is starting off as an all-electric vehicle, also referred to as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Popularity for the Kia BEV is already rising overseas, with over 7,000 units ordered in Europe alone.

” Kia has opened factory orders for the ground breaking EV6 following a successful European reservation phase. The brand obtained 33,000 prospects, including 7,300 reservations. On top of that, more than 26,000 customers showed interest in Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle. Thanks to this remarkable performance, Kia already secures 300% of the expected sales volume for 2021. Customers will be able to order the EV6 from their local dealer from today, ahead of production starting mid-2021.” – Kia Motors

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Kia K8 Powertrain Options and Safety

Friday, April 16th, 2021
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Kia Motors is an automaker that is either falling apart or building a conglomerate, because like the Hindu god, Durga, Kia has sprouted many arms and is working in multiple directions for the future. From electric vehicles (EV6) to multi-purpose vehicles (Carnival MPV), this South Korean automaker is one surprise after another. Year-after-year, Kia Motors ranks high in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, but only among mass-market vehicle brands, not all of them. To change that, the newest venture from Kia Motors is the luxury sports sedan, the K8, to dominate the luxury car segment as well. We’ve talked exterior, we’ve checked out the interior, now let’s look at some specs of the Kia K8.

Engineering

The massive interior space of the cabin is thanks to a larger vehicle overall, with extended length, optimal height and width, and a longer wheelbase. Even at the size, the K8 is still the lightest sedan on the market. So, what kind of powertrain will be under the hood of the vehicle? At launch, four powertrains will be available.

Two of the powertrain options are the same state-of-the-art 3.5-liter Smartstream powertrain, except offered with a GDI (gasoline direct injection) fuel delivery method for 295 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, or a LPI (liquid propane injection) that can generate 236 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque. If looking to test the “Sporty” name that this sedan is aiming for, then consumers will want the 3.5 GDI Smartstream powertrain. A performance-orientated front-wheel-based AWD K8 model will also be available at launch. (more…)