During ECE homologation, the big Korean electric car performed better than its creators expected.

In all materials so far, the Kia EV9 has been stated to have a range of up to 541 kilometers in the version with one rear electric motor with a power of 150 kW. But now it turned out that he is better off.

According to the WLTP methodology, it will now officially travel up to 563 kilometers, i.e. 22 km more. In city traffic, Kia promises even up to 774 kilometers. The GT-Line variant with all-wheel drive and 283 kW can then manage 505 kilometers in combined operation, with which the official approval procedure did not record any increase compared to expectations.

However, both models, using 800V architecture and a 99.8 kWh battery, can be charged in ideal conditions in 15 minutes for an additional 249 kilometers of travel – 10 km more than the initial estimates claimed. It can then be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 24 minutes.

For faster charging, the EV9 helps with thermal management of the battery, for example preheating on cold days, and an automatic route planner that prepares the battery for charging. Kia also recently announced the launch of the Plug & Charge service, which enables charging without the use of chips and cards – the car identifies itself at the charging station and the owner is automatically billed.

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