The Kia EV6 Will Be The First Kia To Get Tesla’s NACS Plug

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Get ready, Kia EV6 fans – charging your favorite ride is about to become a breeze. The buzz at Kia’s recent EV Day in Seoul spilled the beans: the EV6 is taking the lead in embracing Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) port. This means that by the end of 2024, Kia, alongside Hyundai and Genesis, will be waving goodbye to the traditional Combined Charging Standard (CCS) plug in favor of the sleek and user-friendly Tesla NACS plug.

Now, the GT version of the EV6 has been turning heads with its 576 horsepower and a speedy zero to 60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. But, let’s be honest, the 206-mile range has been a bit of a downer. Fear not, as the transition to the Tesla NACS port is here to save the day. Starting Q4 2024, the EV6 will be flaunting this new plug, ensuring a charging experience as smooth as Tesla drivers have been enjoying for years.

Kia’s global product planning head, Min Woo Park, spilled the beans to reporters, sharing that after the EV6 gets the Tesla treatment, the rest of the Kia lineup will follow suit. And not just that – by Q1 2025, existing Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis vehicles can hop on the Tesla charging network with the help of an adapter.

This shift is part of a growing trend, with major automakers ditching the conventional CCS plug for Tesla’s NACS plug. Why? Well, besides its sleek design, it opens the door to Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network. Automakers are done dealing with the slow growth and reliability hiccups of other charging providers. The “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mantra has spurred even charging companies like ChargePoint to invest in NACS plugs and stations.

Kia and Hyundai are taking a bold step with their EV plans, and this move signals that Tesla’s plugs might just become the North American charging standard. The EV6 is leading the pack, with promises of more electric wonders from Kia in the pipeline. Range anxiety, consider yourself warned – Kia is making moves to ease our worries, starting with the EV6.

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