South Korean automaker Kia on Thursday drove its first electrical automotive into India – the EV6 – at a beginning value of ₹59.95 lakh (ex-showroom). The firm additionally introduced that it could usher in an India-specific electrical car in 2025.
Built on a devoted electric-global modular platform (E-GMP), the mannequin could be accessible in two trims, priced at ₹59.95 lakh and ₹64.95 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.
“We are ready for the next phase of our India journey with our investment in R&D, manufacturing, and development of EV infrastructure in India. We will offer futuristic and sustainable BEVs developed ground up to offer matchless in-cabin experience, long-range to reduce range anxiety, and the same thrill of driving as our other products,” mentioned Tae-Jin Park, MD and CEO, Kia India.
He added that the corporate was evaluating different EVs for the Indian market, whereas confirming plans of growing an India-centric EV to be unveiled by 2025. “The aggressive push from the Indian government towards a sustainable future of the country supports our move to electric vehicles, an industry which is still at the nascent stage in the country,” he added.
The firm’s father or mother, Kia Corporation has already introduced funding of about $22.22 billion in its enterprise operations over the following 5 years. Part of this funding could be made in growing merchandise to be offered in India and in organising infrastructure.
Kia would promote the EV6 by 15 dealerships throughout 12 cities. The dealerships could be outfitted with 150 kw quick chargers. The firm mentioned that it had obtained 355 bookings for the mannequin up to now. The firm had earlier introduced that solely 100 items of EV6, which comes as a very constructed unit (CBU), could be accessible for gross sales in India this 12 months. “We are now planning to increase the numbers,” mentioned Kia India chief gross sales officer Myong-sik Sohn.
On a single cost, the EV6 can journey as much as 528 km and from 0-100 km/hr in simply 5.2 seconds. The car might be charged from 10-80% in a span of 18 minutes utilizing a 350KWh charger.
Globally, Kia plans to speed up its EV transition, aiming to be the world’s main EV maker with plans to increase its BEV line-up to 14 fashions by 2027.