Kia EV9: US-Made Electric Car, Qualifies for Tax Breaks
At the present New York International Auto Show, the 2024 Kia EV9 unveil its North American initiation. In effect it enables visitors the opportunity to behold the three-row electrical SUV in its United States specification for the very first time.
Notwithstanding mandatory side marker lighting, the American version of the Kia EV9 appears equal to the worldwide variant that was presented last month. Its specifications remain unaltered, so why did Kia see it imperative to distribute an updated news release on the current occasion?
It has become clear that Kia is declaring the generation-defining EV9 will be manufactured in West Point, Georgia starting 2024. This means it will become the first Kia EV to be assembled here in the United States and might further qualify for federal tax credits, however, its feasibility of receiving the full incentive of $7,500 remains uncertain.
The Kia EV9 is going to present two battery pack alternatives in the U.S. The default will be a 76.1-kilowatt-hour capacity with a 160-kilowatt (215-horsepower) motor for rear-wheel-drive power. This setup is identified as EV9 RWD Standard in other nations.
Clients can also opt for a larger 99.8-kWh battery option, including either individual or double motor applications, termed EV9 RWD Long Range or EV9 AWD, respectively. The former carries a 150-kW (201-hp) single rear mounted electric propulsion system, while the latter hosts two motors (alongside each axle), amalgamating to generate 283 kW (379 hp) and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The EV9 AWD boasts torque-distributing four-wheel drive, and is projected to do 0-60 mph in 5 seconds.
When it comes to mileage, Kia has set a standard of 300 miles for the EV9 RWD Long Range variant. As of now, no approximations have been made with respect to the other versions but it’s expected that the AWD option will present below a 300 mile-range.
Thanks to the EV9’s 800-volt power system thanks to its utilization of the E-GMP platform, consumers will be able to take advantage of a maximum DC speedy charge of 230 kW, translating into charging times ranging between 10 and 80 per cent range of charge in fewer than 25 minutes. Furthermore, the electric SUV also flaunts an onboard charger of 11 kW granting Level 2 charging ability.
No matter the engine and model type, Kia maintains that the electric vehicle (EV) will feature four distinct driving standards at its introduction: Eco, Regular, Contest, and Personalized Mode.
The EV9 has been built with practicality in mind and when released will be provided in either a six-seat or seven-seat layout. Benefitting from its extended shape that is similar in size to the Telluride but with a more spacious 8-inch lengthier wheelbase, occupants and luggage are sure to enjoy maximum comfort and space.
When the back row of seating is unlocked, the EV9 can hold up to 20.2 cubic feet of cargo room; if both rows are laid down, the capacity expands to a generous 81.9 cubic feet. Additionally, the loading area comes with a V2L port, to help energize outdoor activities, as the design of the EV9 allows for it to function as a portable energy source, due to its ICCU (Integrated Charging Control Unit).
The issuance declares that the Kia EV9 has a capability of hauling up to 5,000 pounds. It is presumable that this figure applies chiefly to the all-wheel drive (AWD) variation.
Regrettably, Americans will need to continue holding out before Kia reveals the estimated US expense and EPA-calculated range for the 2024 EV9. In all probability, the structural details should emerge prior to the car’s projected arrival in the US come Q4 of 2023. Given this prospective time frame, the initial batches of EV9s will probably be brought over from South Korea pending the establishment of American production.
Source: Kia Motor America