Kia has unveiled the characteristics of the EV6 electric hatchback – the brother (but not the twin) of the previously announced Hyundai Ioniq 5. Like a relative in the concern, the Kia EV6 is offered with two options for traction batteries and two options for power plants: the car can be rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The highest mileage is provided by the single-engine version with a high-capacity traction battery – over 510 km on a single charge.
And in total, the Kia EV6 has five versions. Basic – with a 58 kWh battery, one 170 hp electric motor. and a power reserve of about 400 km. The all-wheel drive version with a traction battery of the same capacity is more powerful (235 hp), but its autonomy is slightly less – about 380 km.
EV6 with a traction battery with a capacity of 77.4 kWh and in a mono-drive version (here the power is slightly higher than in the version with the base battery – 228 hp) is able to demonstrate the same 510 km on a single charge, as mentioned above. The power of the variant with the same battery, but all-wheel drive, is 325 hp. Finally, at the top of the gamut is the EV6 GT with two electric motors with a total power of 585 hp, acceleration to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of about 260 km / h. For comparison, the Stinger GT was previously the fastest Kia, accelerating to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds.
The Kia EV6 is built on the same modular E-GMP platform as the Huyndai Ioniq 5, so it also supports charging from 350W fast terminals. With their help, the electric car charges from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Reverse charging is also provided: from the EV6, you can power various electrical appliances or even try to recharge another electric vehicle. The maximum power in this case is up to 3.6 kW.
Kia also showed the interior of the novelty, in which, for example, a panoramic front panel with two curved 12.3-inch displays, a projection onto the windshield, seats made from recycled waste and with artificial leather trim (all for the sake of environmental friendliness). Of course, various driving assistance systems are provided.
It should be noted that despite its compactness (the length is 4.68 m), the car turned out to be very spacious: its wheelbase is an impressive 2.9 m.The trunk volume is 520 liters, and in the mono-drive versions there is also a front compartment for things with a volume of 52 liters …
Alas, Kia has yet to reveal the EV6 pricing. According to rumors, the price of the car in the basic version will be approximately $ 40,000. Sales should begin this year.
Tesla Model 3 is not adapted to Indian roads due to too low ground clearance
The Model 3 will be Tesla’s first vehicle in the Indian market. Only when preparing to launch the model on this very market, the company faced an unexpected difficulty.
As it turned out, the car’s clearance is simply not enough for local roads. The agency testing the car recorded that during the tests the Model 3 touched the bottom of the road bumps or objects in 160 cases out of 200. That is, most of the bumps, speed bumps and other similar objects Model 3 is not able to drive normally.
That being said, the Model 3’s suspension uses springs that cannot simply be adjusted to increase ground clearance. That is, they need to be changed. Moreover, the same agency recommended increasing the ground clearance by 25 mm, which is a lot.
As a result, the Model Y may become the first Tesla model on the Indian market. Its ground clearance is 170 mm, which should be just enough.
Due to the lack of microcircuits, buyers have to wait for Mercedes-Benz cars for more than a year
Buyers of Mercedes-Benz cars are faced with the need to wait for ordered cars for more than a year due to production disruptions caused by a shortage of microcircuits. This was announced yesterday in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Ola Kallenius, CEO of Daimler, which includes Mercedes-Benz.
“The demand for Mercedes-Benz is huge, and at the same time, unfortunately, there are serious restrictions,” he said. “For some models, the waiting time is longer than we would like, in some cases more than a year.”
Källenius echoed a previous forecast that the chip supply problems plaguing automakers around the world will persist through 2023, as structural problems persist, as well as pandemic-related restrictions in key supplier countries.
Thailand plans to produce only electric vehicles by 2035
Thailand is a hub for vehicle manufacturing with a complete supply chain, home to major international car manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Great Wall Motors and Mercedes-Benz.
More than 2 million vehicles were produced annually in Thailand in 2018 and 2019, according to Statista. In 2020, the pandemic dropped that number to 1.4 million, and COVID-19 remains the biggest contributor to the decline in car production and sales in Thailand in 2021.
As global automakers move towards electric vehicle production, Thailand is realizing the need to move in this direction. According to the Bangkok Post, the National Committee for Electric Vehicle Policy aims to produce only electric vehicles (buses, cars and motorcycles) in the country by 2035, with a total of about 18.4 million units. In the short term, the committee aims to produce 1 million electric vehicles by 2025 and 6 million by 2030. The production of electric cars and pickups alone in Thailand is planned to be increased to 400,000 units by 2025, to 2.94 million units by 2030, and to 8.63 million units by 2035.
According to Nikkei Asia, investments in the production and construction of infrastructure for electric vehicles reached $ 2.5 billion in 2017-2019. The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) is expected to increase the budget for the construction of more auxiliary equipment for electric vehicles in the coming years. Data from the Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Thailand (EVAT) show that there are now about 2,200 chargers in the country at 664 stations, and the number of electric vehicles registered in Thailand reached 100,000 as of April 2021. The government hopes there will be a million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2025.
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