Kia has proved it’s a serious contender in the electric car market after its EV6 model became the first Korean car in history to achieve carbon footprint certification and ‘Carbon Measured’ label from the Carbon Trust.
Total greenhouse gas emissions for the EV6 were measured using the PAS2050 Standards: this covers emissions from the extraction of raw materials through to the end-of-life of the product and is measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).
The Carbon Trust ‘Carbon Measured’ label validates the accuracy of these measurements and provides customers with independently reviewed information about the carbon impact of their purchase.
Spearheading Kia’s electric vehicle line-up, the EV6 provides more than just zero emissions mobility. As the manufacturer’s first dedicated EV, Kia has focused on measuring and reducing its carbon footprint throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle. This ranges from the acquisition of raw materials, procurement of parts, transportation of parts, vehicle assembly, distribution, and use and end-of-life recycling.
The EV6 is the first model to be built on Kia’s all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and offers one of the best all-electric ranges on the market currently. A range of eco-friendly materials have also been introduced to the EV6 including PET recycled plastics, floor mats and seat coverings meaning one model contains the equivalent of 107 500ml PET bottles. Class-leading interior space and 800V ultra-fast charging add to the new model’s prospects of becoming a game-changer in the EV landscape.
However, in comparison to its market rival, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 is longer but with a shorter wheelbase. Other competition comes from the Mustang Mach-E which offers similar performance specs, and the Tesla Y Model which matches – and could well surpass – the EV6’s range and performance when it is released.
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Sangdae Kim, Head of Strategic Business Planning Division at Kia, said: “This is important validation of a broad range of measures we are now taking to reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle throughout its lifecycle.
“As we introduce more electrified models to our line up over the coming years, we will step up our sustainability efforts and ensure we are achieving high levels of transparency when it comes to environmental impact.”
Available in four different trim levels, the EV6 benefits from a long-range 77.4kWh battery pack that powers it to up to 328 miles from a single charge. Accompanied by its 400/800V electric architecture, the EV6 is designed to charge from 10-to-80 per cent in as little as 18 minutes, or to add 60 miles of range in under five minutes when plugged into a 350kW ultra-fast charger.
Kia will roll out the ‘Air’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models from October. Prices start from £40,895.