Published on September 25th, 2022 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Kia EV6 Has 200 Bookings To Date And Rising
The battery powered Kia EV6 is getting more interest from Malaysians.
The timing was right for Kia Motors Corporation in April 2021 when they signed a partnership with Bermaz Auto Berhad.
To date, sales have been very encouraging and their latest vehicle launch, the Kia EV6 already has 200 plus bookings and counting.
Good news also for Bermaz Auto shareholders as the company has seen a rise of 7.4 percent in its stock value and its current share price of RM1.89 which offers investors a dividend yield of 4.61 percent.
Meanwhile, the EV6 is Kia’s first car to be based on the company’s dedicated new architecture for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). It was launched by the newly set-up Malaysian company, Dinamikjaya Motors Sdn Bhd for RM300,668 (OTR without insurance).
To date just 6 units of the Kia EV6 have been delivered to waiting Malaysian buyers and due to surging global demand, deliveries to Malaysia from the factory are still rather slow.
For Malaysian buyers, this Kia EV6 comes with a five-year/150,000-km manufacturer warranty, while the battery has a warranty coverage of up to seven years or 150,000 km.
This first dedicated BEV launched under the new Kia design philosophy ‘Opposites United’, displays a future-oriented EV design characterized by high-tech details.
It is powered exclusively by battery electric energy, with a choice of two long-range, zero-emissions powertrains. 800V charging capability means the EV6 can go from 10-to-80 percent battery charge in just 18 minutes.
Interestingly, the EV6 also kicks off the brand’s mid-to-long term strategy for BEVs, plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and hybrid electric (HEV) vehicles to make up 40 percent of Kia’s total sales by 2030, with an annual sales target of 1.6 million units for these eco-friendly models.
Kia aims to grow its global BEV sales to 880,000 units in 2030 and become a top global seller. This EV6 is the first of 11 new global BEV models from Kia by 2026 of which seven will be built on E-GMP architecture and four will be derivative EVs based on existing models.
Kia’s Plan S strategy puts electrification at the forefront of the company’s future and sets the foundations for a full product line-up featuring 11 new battery electric vehicles by 2026.
The EV6 is the first model to be launched under this new strategy and sets Kia firmly on the path to becoming a leader in the popularization of electric vehicles.
Kia has given every consideration to ensuring its first dedicated EV where it is focused on measuring and reducing its carbon footprint throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle, ranging from the acquisition of raw materials, procurement and transportation of parts, vehicle assembly, distribution, use and end-of-life recycling.
A range of eco-friendly materials have been introduced to the Kia EV6 including PET recycled plastics, floor mats and seat coverings meaning one model contains the equivalent of 107 units of 500ml PET bottles.
The Kia EV6 has achieved product carbon footprint certification and ‘Carbon Measured’ label from the global climate change and sustainability consultancy of the Carbon Trust, becoming the first Korean vehicle manufacturer to achieve the certificate.
The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world. It advises businesses on their opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world and measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains and products.
Total greenhouse gas emissions for the EV6 were measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment. 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 (HADe).
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.
Just last month, the Kia EV6 received the 2022 Winter Vehicle Award for Best Electric Vehicle from the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA).
The EV6 was recognized for its all-around engineering excellence and durability in the harshest climatic conditions by the journalist guild representing internet, radio, television, newspapers, and magazines from the New England region.