Charging your electric car must be done regularly. Although newer EVs come with more extended battery sizes (and therefore range potential), you’ll still need to watch out for low-charge warnings.
It’s always essential to plan your route accordingly for long journeys. You want to avoid being caught out in the middle of nowhere!
As with any electric car, the KIA EV6 charging type significantly affects charging speed. This article explains each charging type and how fast your EV6 is expected to charge (on average).
The primary source for this information is the EV6’s owner’s manual. For the most accurate and relevant advice, read your copy. It will have come with your car. Never operate your vehicle without going through your owner’s manual.
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KIA EV6 charge types
As with most EVs, you have three regular charge options. These are:
- AC charging (using an AC charging station such as the one installed at your home)
- DC charging (using a fast-charge charging station)
- Portable charging (using a portable charger to connect to the national electrical grid)
AC charging is recommended for EV drivers. It takes longer than the DC option but preserves your battery health better. This extends your EV6’s range and power (and value) in the long run.
So, what is the average KIA EV6 charging time? How long will you have to allocate for each charge type?
Continue reading to learn more.
KIA EV6 charging speed
The KIA EV6 charging speed depends on the charge type.
The fastest KIA EV6 charge type is always DC. Your batteries will be at full capacity in no time (compared to the other options).
However, using DC fast chargers all the time will rapidly deteriorate your battery pack. Instead, you should only use them when it’s important to charge up quickly, such as on a long journey or if you’re running low on range.
This leaves AC charging, which you’ll probably have with your installed home charger. Although it takes much longer, your battery will be in far better condition.
Portable charging takes even longer.
For the KIA EV6 charging times listed below, the readings are lifted straight from the KIA owner’s manual. These tests were done at room temperature.
(Temperature is one of a few factors that might affect your EV6’s charging speed. See more at the end of this page.)
KIA EV6 AC charging speed
KIA recommends AC charging for your EV6.
- The AC charging type takes around 9 hours for your batteries to reach 100%.
- If you have an extended battery model, it could take up to 11 hours and 45 minutes.
KIA EV6 DC charging speed
A DC fast-charger will get your EV6’s batteries up to 80% in no time. It’s usually recommended to stop charging at 80% to preserve battery longevity.
- Using a 350 kW charger takes about 18 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%.
- Using a 50 kW DC charger, tests show it takes around 63 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%.
If you have the extended range model, the following charging speeds apply.
- With a 350 kW DC charger, it takes 18 minutes to raise the charge level from 10% to 80%.
- With a 50 kW DC charger, it’s estimated to take 73 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%.
Although KIA recommends stopping charging at 80%, it is possible to keep going to 100%.
KIA EV6 portable charging speed
You’ll need a portable charger if you use your home’s electrical system to charge your EV6.
- Portable charging takes about 25 hours to reach 100% on the standard EV6.
- With the extended range option, expect it to take about 33 hours to get to 100%.
Why is DC charging bad?
DC charging is slightly worse for your car than AC. This is because it uses more power to recharge the system faster. This generates heat, the bane of lithium-ion batteries.
Heat leads to corrosion and evaporation, reducing the efficiency of batteries.
With all that said, batteries will degrade, no matter what charge type you opt for.
AC charging is the sensible everyday option, though. DC charging might be best applied if you need a quick top-up to get home.
What factors affect KIA EV6 charging speed?
The following factors affect KIA EV6 charging speed:
- Environmental temperature (as mentioned)
- Battery temperature and coolant efficiency
- Battery condition
- Charge station or source efficiency
- Vehicle limits (set by the manufacturer in their system design)
- Consult your owner’s manual
- How much charge the battery holds before charging begins
- This is known as SoC (State of Charge)
- Other electrical loads drawing on the battery (like leaving your lights on)
- You should always switch everything off when charging your EV6
Consult your owner’s manual for more information. Find a copy of it below.