With 100 more units delivered than initially planned, Kia India is looking to further increase the allocation for 2022.
Kia has delivered a total of 200 EV6 electric crossovers in the Indian market. Brought in as a CBU, this figure is double of what was planned for the year when the model was launched. Due to the growing demand, Kia is planning to further increase the allocation of the EV6 in India and clear the maximum pending deliveries this year. The exact number of additional allocations hasn’t been revealed yet.
Kia received 355 bookings for the EV6 even before its launch and the carmaker continues to receive additional orders. The EV6 is Kia’s flagship EV and its first electric model for India. It was launched at a starting price of Rs 59.95 lakh and deliveries commenced last month.
Kia EV6: powertrain, range and charging time
The EV6 for India is available only with the 77.4kWh battery pack. In the single-motor, rear-wheel drive guise, it makes 229hp and 350Nm, while in the all-wheel drive, dual-motor guise, it makes 325hp and 605Nm. The EV6 has an ARAI-claimed range of up to 708km and it is compatible with 350kW DC fast chargers.
The EV6 is based on the Hyundai Group’s e-GMP platform that also underpins the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 crossover, its future rival. In our market, the EV6 currently takes on the likes of the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Kia India’s future EV plans
The EV6 is Kia’s only electric model in the Indian market. However, the carmaker is working on a mass-market, India-centric EV, which is due by 2025.
Kia is also building on the fast charging network in India. In July, the carmaker installed a 150kW charger at its Gurugram dealership and, in August, it installed an even faster 240kW charger at its Kochi dealership. Kia India has plans to install 15 more 150kW chargers in 12 cities.