This Awesome Kia Can Charge Other EVs

The Kia EV6 has a vehicle-to-load function that allows it to power anything from camping equipment to household appliances, and can even charge another electric car.
Written by Allison Stone
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jul 22, 2022
 
Range anxiety
can be a huge deterrent for many electric car owners, but there are tons of solutions when it comes to maximizing the range of your EV. The latest trick? Make friends with someone who owns a
Kia EV6
.
Like the Ford
F-150 Lightning
, the new Kis EV6 also has a vehicle-to-load function, meaning it doubles as a mobile generator to power your camping equipment, household items, and even lend a charge to another car. 
Read on with car ownership super app
Jerry
to learn everything you need to know about the Kia EV6, its specs, and how its awesome charging function can theoretically save other drivers in a pinch. 

How to lend a charge with the Kia EV6 

While plenty of people have used their EVs powerful batteries to charge up personal items,
Car and Driver
went the extra mile and plugged it into another EV. 
Using the battery pack to charge up another electric car won’t be as fast as filling up at a gas station, but it could help a fellow stranded driver get just enough power to get to the closest charging station. 
The Kia EV6 battery has a 77.4 kWh capacity in the extended range model and offers two ways to extract 115-volt power from it. 
The first method is to simply plug into the 16-amp outlet beneath the rear seat that can be unlocked using the thing metal key hidden inside the electric fob. 
You can also use the V2L adapter provided by Kia in the rear under-floor storage compartment. Simply plug the adapter into the charge port and reveal the 115-volt outlet inside. 
Once you’ve hooked up to another EV, you can even select a predetermined point to stop charging via the charge transfer settings menu. 
According to Car and Driver, the Kia EV6 charge port charges at a 1.1 kW rate—about 3 miles of range per hour, or what you’d get from a standard household outlet.

Other things you can do with the Kia EV6

The output of the EV6’s battery pack is comparable to a small mobile generator, and can even run household appliances like your fridge or television. 
Car and Driver even used it to run a vacuum, which can be a real game changer for anyone who finds DIY detailing too much of a hassle. 
In addition to its capabilities as a mobile generator, the Kia EV6 is a great overall buy. It has a base MRSP range of $40,900 - $55,900, and the EPA-estimated ranges are 310 miles for the long-range, rear-wheel drive and 274 miles for all-wheel drive. 
The base version has a smaller battery with a 232-mile range. 
The EV6 is less of an SUV than it is a large hatchback or sportback car, but it shares a 114-inch wheelbase with the three-row Telluride. While you don’t get the full SUV experience, the EV6 offers tons of interior space and an overall sporty ride. 

Innovation is leading EVs

The
new EV technology
used to create cars like the Kia EV6 is an integral part of making electric cars more
affordable and accessible for the masses
, and more drivers are making the switch every day. 
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