Kia’s EV9 Is A Large-Size Electric SUV Made Of Recycled Materials
The electric car craze is on around the world, and SUVs are the new addition to the standard EV lineups. Kia is leading the way with a new SUV release in 2023 – we are talking about the EV9, which is a large-size SUV that is bigger and newer than EV6, its smaller sibling, which we know from 2021.
Size-wise, the EV9 will rival the monstrously large SUVs such as the Telluride or Cadillac Escalade. However, Kia’s value prop here is the fact that this massive SUV is electric and thus a great family hauling option, especially for the more environmentally aware folks out there.
Kia teased fans of the EV9 with a silhouette of the SUV. Many jumped, saying that it already looks great, and some said they hope it will follow EV6’s glory being built on Hyundai’s (shared)
Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The EV9 comes equipped with three rows of seats and turned heads for its recyclable green design and interior components that include flooring made from recycled fishnets and seat fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and wool fibres.
What’s also interesting is the fact that there aren’t many large electric SUVs out there, let alone full-size ones such as the EV9. The current EV lineup in the more significant segment includes the Rivian R1S, Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQS, and the biggest, which is the Tesla Model Y.
“The Kia Concept EV9 is another important marker for us in what has been an incredible journey so far for the new Kia brand,” said Karim Habib, senior vice-president and head of Kia Global Design Centre, in the statement.
While the EV9 was first revealed in 2021, we can now see a version that features a more sloped windshield, a slightly reshaped backside, and flush door handle cutouts. News about production and availability in North America and Canada is expected in the coming months. According to the latest updates, the price for the EV9 will be around US$50,000 [CDN$62,500], with a range of around 300 miles (480km) and a concept’s exterior “that will translate 80 percent to 90 percent into production.”