Kia EV6 ‘Air’ to Go to 15 International locations in 5 Days
Recreating a historic motoring exploit, expedition specialist Max Journey is planning to drive a completely electrical Kia EV6 from Oslo, Norway to Lisbon, Portugal in simply 5 days. The three,600-mile ‘Pushed To Extremes Euro EV Marathon’ will pit the electrical automobile towards the clock, visiting 15 international locations in simply 120 hours.
The workforce will benefit from the Kia EV6’s spectacular vary and 800V rapid-charging know-how to finish the epic journey. With the help of Kia UK, the workforce will begin the drive on September fifth, and purpose to reach in Lisbon on September ninth – World EV Day.
Impressed by an endurance take a look at accomplished by Sir Stirling Moss 70 years in the past, the ‘Pushed to Extremes Euro EV Marathon’ is known to be the primary time the route has been tried in a completely electrical automobile as a steady journey.
The workforce has as soon as once more opted to make use of the Kia EV6, having not too long ago used the automobile to finish the primary ‘Fen to Fell’ drive in an EV, a 209-mile route from Britain’s lowest to highest roads. The primary time any automobile has tackled the route, this was accomplished on a single cost with an indicated remaining vary of 107 miles.
The ‘Pushed to Extremes Euro EV Marathon’ attracts on the journey undertaken by Stirling Moss in 1952. A publicity stunt to advertise the then-new Humber Tremendous Snipe 4-door saloon, the legendary racing driver, together with three of his ‘quick buddies’, visited 15 European international locations in lower than 5 days.
2022’s problem offers that journey a contemporary perspective and can conclude on World EV Day, September ninth, when the workforce crosses the end line. Touring from Oslo to Lisbon, driving roughly 200-mile legs at a time, and utilizing Europe’s public charging community all through, the problem will use probably the most completed electrical autos obtainable at present.
With a WLTP vary of 328 miles on a single cost, the Kia EV6 ‘Air’ is the proper automobile for the Pushed To Extremes workforce to sort out the three,600-mile marathon. With its spacious cabin and lengthy wheelbase, the automobile will present consolation throughout this 120-hour drive, whereas its 800V ultra-rapid charging know-how will maintain pit stops to a minimal. Able to taking the battery from 10 to 80 p.c in simply 18 minutes when utilizing a 350kW charger, or from 10 to 80 p.c in 1 hour 13 minutes utilizing a 50kW charger, the Kia EV6 will enable the workforce to choose optimum stopping factors alongside the best way.
To make sure the workforce has the absolute best probability of finishing the problem in time it should additionally use ‘Kia Cost’. Offering easy accessibility to chargers throughout all components of the UK, Northern Eire, and Europe, ‘Kia Cost’ lets homeowners select from 23 cost level operators within the UK by way of a single account, and dozens extra throughout Europe. ‘Kia Cost’ offers immediate entry to greater than 21,000 connectors throughout the UK – equal to roughly 70% of the nationwide public infrastructure – and greater than 300,000 throughout 29 European international locations, all from a single account.
Talking of the problem, Venture Chief Mac Mackenney stated: “We need to present the way it’s doable to cowl an enormous distance in a short while utilizing an EV, and that the autos, in addition to the charging infrastructure, are already obtainable. The Kia EV6 was the plain selection for this wonderful problem as we’ve been critically impressed with the automobile throughout trials, and we all know how succesful and comfy it’s on a protracted journey.”
From its departure level at Kia’s Norwegian headquarters in Lørenskog on the outskirts of Oslo, the workforce of drivers will use fundamental roads and bridges to cowl the three,600 miles and the journey will probably be tracked always by a GPS system. The workforce of three will take turns behind the wheel of the EV6, resting and navigating – with the one deliberate stops made for driver swaps and automobile charging. A help automobile, additionally provided by Kia, will accompany the EV6 to doc the drive, carrying a images and movie crew.