Upcoming competition for F-150 Lightning and Silverado EV
Last year, Kia joined the fray of other major automakers when it announced plans to switch to electric vehicles in the next few years.
The South Korean company has produced a few EV models in the last few years, and the new Kia EV6 has just landed with many great reviews. Currently, Kia says it is accelerating plans to develop new electric vehicles, including a fast-track release route starting next year.
Kia said it will release two new EVs per year starting in 2023 and noted that it will produce all 14 EVs by 2027. The announcement marks a more ambitious plan by the South Korean automaker, as it initially set a target of 11 EV models. in 2026.
While that’s only a small statement in Kia’s press release, the key piece of information is that Kia will produce two electric pickups in the coming years, with an imported model expected for emerging markets.
But first, the Kia EV9
The Kia EV6 is now on the road and the new EV9 SUV is not far away. The second car will launch in 2023 and will bring ongoing updates to Kia for the first time, as well as on-demand feature services that allow customers to buy more functionality for their vehicles.
Kia says the EV9 will also be its first car to be equipped with an advanced steering system that offers limited autonomous driving capabilities.
It will also be equipped with the technology, with features including an ultra-wide screen at the front, a ‘digital tiger face’ grille and some of what it calls ‘Smart Glass’.
Kia claims the EV9 will offer an all-electric range of up to 540km (~335mph) and a time of 0-60mph in under six seconds.
Kia’s big EV game
Kia sees the EV9 and EV6 as the main drivers for its EV change. The company’s goal is to increase sales from 160,000 EVs in 2022 to 807,000 units by 2026 and 1.2 million units by 2030. That’s up 36 percent from kia’s original target last year.
More than 80 percent of the company’s electric vehicle sales will come from South Korea, North America, Europe and China, and Kia said it expects 45 percent of sales to come from those regions.
Kia’s plans don’t sit well with the rest of the industry and are in fact much more ambitious.
The automaker proved its mettle in the EV game with the EV6, the high-end EV6 and surprisingly edgy styling. It’s also competitively priced, especially compared to sturdy EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and the larger EV9 that promise much the same.
There has never been a better time to become an electric car buyer and the situation will only get better as time goes on.