Kia teamed up with Wallbox to provide EV9 homeowners entry to bidirectional chargers.
The South Korean firm plans to supply EV9 clients Wallbox’s Quasar 2 charger within the first half of Q1 2024. The Quasar 2 has vehicle-to-house and vehicle-to-grid capabilities. The charging answer offers as much as 11.5 kW, permitting EV homeowners to cost and discharge their electrical autos.
With Quasar 2, Kia drivers may discharge their electrical autos to energy their properties throughout a blackout. The Quasar 2 comes with Energy Restoration Mode, designed to change the consumer’s energy supply from the grid to their autos.
The Kia EV9 is supplied with a 76.1kWh and 99.8 kWh battery pack, making it an excellent emergency backup generator. Based mostly on Wallbox estimates, the Kia EV9’s battery holds sufficient vitality to energy a typical family for 4 days.
The Kia EV9 follows within the footsteps of the EV6. The EV9 gained the posh class within the German Automobile of the Yr 2024 award. The South Korean automobile competed towards all fashions with a base value not exceeding €70,000 ($75,511.80). The EV6 beforehand earned the title of European Automobile of the Yr in 2022.
The EV9 is available in two variants: the single-motor RWD and the Twin-Motor AWD. The Lengthy Vary single-motor RWD EV9 had 336 miles of vary.
“As Kia’s new flagship, the EV9 performs a pivotal function in reworking our model into a number one EV supplier. With its terribly variable and spacious inside, placing design, and ultra-fast charging expertise, it units new requirements within the SUV section,” mentioned Received-Jeong Jeong, President of Kia Europe.
“We’re very proud that the EV9 was named ‘German Luxurious Automobile of the Yr’ even earlier than it’s launched, as it’s a sturdy sign that the Kia model and its electrification technique are acknowledged and awarded by German business consultants,” he mentioned.