Kia's has given the new EV6 charging speeds that challenge the Porsche Taycan as well as a bold design that will rolled out across its entire range.
Like the Taycan, the EV6 has an 800-volt electric system, which means the midsize crossover recharges from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes. It can also add the equivalent of 100 km of range in less than four and a half minutes, Kia says.
The Taycan can go from 5 percent charge to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes and add 100 km of range in a little more than 5 minutes, according to Porsche.
While the Taycan starts at 83,520 euros in Germany, the EV6, which arrives in Europe in September, will have a base prince of 44,990 euros in Germany.
Most rivals to the EV6, including the Tesla Model Y, have 400-volt electric systems, which take longer to recharge.
The EV6's sister model, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, also has an 800-volt electric system. Both crossovers, which share Hyundai Motor Group's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) underpinnings, can support either 400- or 800-volt charging thanks to an on-board inverter, which boost a 400-volt current to 800 volts without needing adapters or additional equipment.