The All-Electric Kia EV9 SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 99.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 505 - 563 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Kia EV9 SUV

Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

The launch of the pure electric Kia EV9 is certainly welcome news, given the current lack of availability of seven-seater pure electric SUVs in the market, in particular, more affordable 7-seater family electric cars. Like the all-electric Kia EV6, the all-all electric Kia EV9 is also built on the E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), a dedicated EV platform. The EV9 is the first dedicated three-row EV SUV from the South Korean automotive manufacturer.

For those new to electric cars, EVs developed on a dedicated EV platform offer more interior space (less wasted space), better layout and design, longer wheelbase etc (the EV9 has a 3.1m wheelbase). Bespoke EV platforms offer the opportunity to place the EV battery on the floor of the vehicle (flat architecture), giving much scope to improve the design, performance and practicality of the electric vehicle (EV).

In contrast, electric cars developed on a shared platform/ architecture with conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, have to compromise, given that the platform has not been developed solely with an electric car in mind! It is worth noting that the latest-generation of pure electric cars are being built on a bespoke EV platform! We can expect this trend to continue!

The concept version of the EV9 was shown at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show. Kia unveiled the production version of the EV9 in March 2023. The flagship production EV9 version does share a common design language (boxy and triangular) with the concept vehicle, and to a large extent quite similar to the concept.

One notable difference between the concept vehicle and the production EV9 are the doors. Kia eventually settled for more conventional (and practical) doors for the production variant. Sensible!! Other differences include the panoramic roof and the solar panel built into the car bonnet.

It is also apparent from the latest electric car from Kia, that the company is keen to target a more premium buyer, as it seeks to further enhance its brand cachet. The Kia EV9 is being manufactured in South Korea.

The EV9 electric SUV is available in only one EV battery size (99.8 kWh). Kia has incorporated its fourth-generation battery cells in the high-voltage (800 volt) EV battery. A 99.8 kWh EV battery is certainly a class-leading size and offers much practicality for both city and motorway driving.

The electric SUV is available as both, a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and an all-wheel drive (AWD). The entry-level RWD variant has a claimed EV range up to 563 km (WLTP), while the AWD has a claimed 505 km (WLTP) electric range.

Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the EV9 offers a practical range for most family needs. A number of factors can impact the claimed range. Some of these include: speed, passenger load, weather conditions, road conditions, temperature, tyre size etc. For the entry-level RWD EV9, expect an electric range closer to 480 km, while the AWD variant should be able to deliver over 430 km on a full battery charge. Put another way 5+ km per kWh is realistic!

The EV9 offers DC charging capability up to 350 kW DC. At 350 kW DC the EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 24 minutes i.e. an additional 249 km of electric range can be added in 15 minutes. It is true, in that, the ultra-rapid DC charging infrastructure in India is still at early stages, but expect this infrastructure to develop fast. Having said that, the EV9 can be charged up to 80% in 83 minutes using a 50 kW DC charger, which are more common in the country.

The Kia EV9 offers a 11 kW (3-phase) onboard AC charger as standard. For those with access to 3-phase AC charging at home or the workplace, the electric vehicle (EV) can be fully charged in 9 hours and 5 minutes. However, as most homes in India are powered by single-phase (7 kW) power supply, charging at home will take longer (14 hours).

Yes, the EV9 can be charged via a 3-PIN domestic socket. However, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic socket for charging an electric car. For the EV9 electric SUV, it will take up to 40 hours and 35 minutes to fully charge using a household plug!

In terms of performance, the entry-level single-motor RWD Kia EV9 will not set the heart racing, but the AWD certainly has more performance on offer. The rear-wheel drive (RWD) variant can achieve 0-100 km/h in 9.4 seconds (max power: 200 bhp/ 350 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 185 km/h.

The twin motors all-wheel drive (AWD) variant can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds (max power: 378 bhp/ 700 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 200 km/h. Not a bad performance given the additional weight of the EV battery (556.5 kg). The EV incorporates regenerative braking and one-pedal driving.

The EV9 has yet to be assessed for the NCAP Safety Rating, but worth noting that the Kia EV6 achieved Five-Stars. We would expect the same for the EV9. The EV9 offers a host of safety features and driving aids. Some of these include: blind-spot view monitor, forward collision avoidance assist, intelligent speed limit assist, lane keep assist, highway driving assist 2, parking collision-avoidance assist, remote smart parking assist, rear occupant alert and more!

It is not often that a 7-seater SUV body style can prove practical and spacious in regards to the 3rd row. The EV9 is an exception to this rule, as for most adults, the 3rd row does provide reasonable legroom and headroom. Of course, for taller adults this maybe a challenge. The windows in the rear do add to the sense of space for the third row passengers.

The EV9 is available in both, a 6-seat and 7-seat configuration. In the 6-seat layout, the 2nd row offers swivel seats and a console sliding table! Kia describes the interior of the electric SUV as ‘lounge-style comfort’. Access to the rear seats is not a challenge. In short, the EV9 does deliver a family-friendly interior and practicality.

As is the case with most recent electric cars, the interior of the EV9 includes a significant element of recycled materials. In fact, Kia has now stopped offering leather seats. Going forward, all upholstery will be non-leather.

There is no shortage of practicality, to include, cupholders, USB-C charge ports etc. The EV offers also incorporates a frunk up to 90 L (front luggage compartment), perfect for storing the EV cable. The boot capacity is 333L. As expected, the 3rd row does impact the available boot space.

The EV9 also offers Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) as standard. V2L charging is a bidirectional functionality allowing an electric vehicle (EV) to use its onboard high-voltage EV battery to charge or power devices/ appliances. It is also sometimes referred to as Vehicle-to-Device (V2D).

In terms of onboard technology, there is much on offer as standard. Some of these include: digital key, fingerprint recognition, 12.3″ driver display screen, 12.3″ touchscreen navigation (Apple CarPlay & Android Auto), over-the-air (OTA) software updates, 5.3″ climate control screen, wireless charging and more. There is an option for a Head-Up Display, which comes as standard with the top-of-the-range variant.

The exterior styling is attractive and does certainly make a statement. The front is the Digital Tiger Face, a reinterpretation of the signature Kia “Tiger Nose” grille! Though the available exterior paint options are limited in comparison to some competitors, the available colours are a good start. Hopefully Kia will increase the range of colour options in due course. Kia claims the EV has a coefficient drag of 0.28 Cd. Not bad at all!

In our view, the Kia EV9 has significant potential for success, given its compelling proposition and the continued lack of practical seven-seater electric SUVs. Of course, the all-electric Volvo EX90 is an option to consider, as is the Tesla Model X. Getting your hands on the Model X will prove a challenge!

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Good electric range. DC charging up to 350 kW and 11 kW AC onboard charger available as standardTop-of-the-range variant expensive
Up to 7 seats and practical interior3rd row a squeeze for taller adults
Good level of onboard technology as standardEntry-level RWD variant offers limited performance


The All-Electric Kia EV9 SUV (credit: Kia)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Available In India:No

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Kia EV9 (from ₹ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion Polymer
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 99.8 kWh
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 24 minutes). Onboard AC charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 5 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:7 years or 160,000 km

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1780
Width (mm):1980
Length (mm):5015
Wheelbase (mm):3100
Turning Circle (m):12.3
Boot Capacity (L):333

EV Battery Capacity:99.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):563 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):202
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 24 minutes). Onboard AC charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 5 mins)
Top Speed:185 km/h
0-100 km/h:9.4 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (bhp):200
Torque (Nm):350
Kerb Weight (kg):2,501
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

EV Battery Capacity:99.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):505 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):228
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 24 minutes). Onboard AC charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 5 mins)
Top Speed:200 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.3 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (bhp):378
Torque (Nm):700
Kerb Weight (kg):2,664
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G): An Introduction

V2G is an innovative bidirectional technology that allows the onboard EV battery to be charged and discharged i.e. electrical energy to be exported/ discharged from the onboard EV battery to the grid via a V2G compatible EV charger. It also allows for vital informational flow (data) to the grid. In effect, the V2G technology allows an EV battery to be used as a grid-connected energy storage unit.

Benefits: V2G
Lower energy costs:V2G can lower utility costs to include, lowering wholesale and retail energy costs
Improving the grid’s response ability:V2G can improve the stability of the intra-day supply and demand needs, improving the grids ability to meet the needs of peak demand
Improving power quality:V2G can improve power quality by controlling voltage and power factors
Increase resilience:V2G can improve the resilience of the grid and electricity network in significantly adverse conditions
Increase use of renewable energy:V2G enables an increase in the contribution of renewable energy to the national energy generation mix. The higher the contribution of RE, the greener the power supplied
Reduce cost of EV ownership:V2G can reduce the cost of EV ownership by enabling EV owners to earn from exporting energy to the grid
Improves national energy security:V2G can improve the national energy security of a country by reducing dependence on imported energy
Improve environmental impact:V2G can improve the environmental impact of energy usage and transportation by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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