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How to Charge a Kia EV6

Introduced in 2021, the Kia EV6 is an all-electric compact crossover SUV. It is the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) manufactured by Kia. Battery life and capabilities may vary depending on your choice, but charging options and methods remain consistent across the range. Read on to learn all about charging a Kia EV6. We will tell you about:

Kia EV6 range

According to APE, the Kia EV6 can travel up to 310 miles on a full battery charge. He has a handset MPGe up to 117, which will vary depending on the version you choose. The base Light (RWD) trim level offers a 58.0 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery, while all others have a 77.4 kWh battery.

EV6 Charge Time

The EV6 is one of the fastest-charging electric vehicles (EVs) on the market today.

Level 3 DC fast charging

An 800 volt DC fast charging station with a 350 kilowatt charger can boost the battery with up to 217 miles of range in as little as 18 minutes. If you’re short on time, these Tier 3 stations can add about 70 miles of range in less than five minutes.

Level 2

Charging at this level can boost the 77.4 kWh battery from 10% to 100% in just over seven hours. This estimate is based on a 240 volt outlet and a 40 amp circuit.

Level 1

At level 1, a standard household outlet, this will take much longer and will only boost the battery by small amounts, even when plugged in overnight.

How long will it take to charge a Kia EV6?

  • A standard outlet, or a 3-prong outlet (120V), will add approximately 9 miles of range per hour and will take an average of 34 hours to go from empty to full.
  • A 3.6kW connection will add around 14 miles of range per hour and takes an average of 21 hours to go from empty to full.
  • A 7kW connection will add around 27 miles of range per hour and takes around 11 hours to go from empty to full.
  • A 22kW connection will add around 42 miles of range per hour and will take around 7 hours to go from empty to full.
  • A 50kW fast charge connection can add up to 95 miles in 30 minutes and it will take around an hour to go from 20% to 80%.
  • A 150kW fast charge connection can add up to 284 miles of range in 30 minutes and will take around 20 minutes to go from 20% to 80%.

Charging cables

Unlike other popular electric vehicles, a charging cable is not included when you purchase a new EV6. You will have to buy it separately in order to be able to charge your vehicle at home. Level 1 (120 volt) and Level 2 (240 volt) CCS charging cables may be an add-on option through the dealer at the point of sale, but they will likely have steep markups and inflated retail prices. Consider buying from a trusted online seller for lower cost options.

The EV6 is equipped with smart features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that connect to an app on your smartphone. You can schedule charging, check battery status, and set reminders to make your charging routine smoother.

To note: Check with your local utility provider and see if any discounts are available for purchasing an EV charger. Many local power companies offer incentives and discounts for the installation of a residential charging station.

Does the EV6 come with a free charge?

Kia EV6 owners can receive 1,000 kWh of free charging via Electrifying America over a period of three years. This equates to approximately 4,000 miles of driving.

Electrify America is one of the largest fast-charging station companies in the United States. They have over 700 locations nationwide with CCS, CHAdeMO and J1772 connectors to fit various makes and models of EVs.

You can register for this program via the Kia Connect mobile application and the Electrify America app.

How to Charge an EV6

Kia EV6 2022As with all electric cars, you’ll find several options for charging an EV6 at home and on the road. Your home charging setup requires a dedicated outlet and electrical circuit for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). When you are away from home, EV charging stations will have a CCS connector for general use.

Home charging

  • Tier 1 Charging Cables are designed to be plugged into a standard 120V electrical outlet. This provides trickle charging and will only boost your battery by small amounts, even when plugged in overnight. It will take several days to refill a low battery connected to a Level 1 charger. Although not recommended, it is possible to use this as your primary charging method depending on your driving habits.
  • Level 2 load uses a 240v outlet for up to nine times faster connection than a Level 1 outlet. This is the recommended method for charging an EV6 at home. A licensed electrician will need to wire the outlet if you have not already installed EVSE.
  • Tenants and Drivers Living in Multi-Unit Buildings may encounter difficulties installing this charging station at home. Many apartment complexes are installing charging stations for residents as electric vehicles become more common in these residential spaces. Consult your property manager or landlord for more advice.

Public charging

  • Level 2 public chargers are usually easy to locate in malls, grocery store parking lots, office parks, etc. The Kia Connect mobile app can also help you locate a public charging station in your area. These chargers typically come with different types of connectors to accommodate various EVs, including the EV6, which uses a CCS input port.
  • Level 3 DC Fast Chargers are widely available across the country. They feed a continuous stream of electricity to your battery for a quick boost. These charging stations are ideal for car trips and long journeys.

Where to top up

Since the Kia EV6 does not come with a charger at the point of sale, you will need to purchase one separately to charge the vehicle at home. Charging at home with a Level 2 connection is the most convenient way for EV owners to keep their batteries full and ready for the road.

If you don’t want to buy your own charging cable, or if you live in a building with limited or restricted access to EVSE connectivity, plan to charge your battery as needed at public charging stations. These are plentiful in large cities and continue to appear in smaller towns and rural areas. Shopping malls, hotels, office parks, and grocery stores are great places to find one.

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