Kia has stopped taking EV9 orders in Canada after receiving a “notably excessive” variety of reservations. Nevertheless, the Korean automaker reportedly solely allotted 500 EV9s to Canada for all the 2024 mannequin 12 months. For reference, Kia offered 68,258 automobiles within the nation final 12 months.
It is stunning to see Kia allocate such a low quantity of EV9 items to Canada given the recognition of full-sized SUVs in North America and the shortage of all-electric choices within the area. Maybe it was a transfer to construct hype, or possibly their genuinely is provide points on Kia’s aspect.
The EV9 is Kia’s new flagship EV. A full-sized SUV, the EV9 has seating for seven and a focused EPA vary of round 300 miles. The EV9 can even tow as much as 5,000 kilos and options Freeway Driving Pilot, Kia’s reply to Tesla Autopilot. Freeway Driving Pilot is able to Stage 3 autonomy in response to Kia and has 15 sensors in complete, 2 of that are lidar laser sensors.
The EV9 is bigger than the combustion-engined Telluride and rides on Hyundai Motor Group’s 800V E-GMP platform. This allows it to have class-leading charging capabilities, with a ten to 80 % quick charging taking lower than 25 minutes.
The entry-level model of the EV9 is rear-wheel drive and solely has 204 horsepower. Nevertheless, a dual-motor variant may also be out there with 380 hp and a 6-second 0-60 miles per hour time. EV9 manufacturing will initially happen in South Korea, nevertheless from 2024 onwards manufacturing may also start at Kia’s West Level Meeting Plant in Georgia. Therefore the EV9 ought to technically be eligible for the $7,500 tax credit score from subsequent 12 months onwards.
Within the US, the EV9 is anticipated to start out at roughly $55,000 and can arrive in dealerships towards the top of this 12 months.