The Electrify America fast-charging network and Kia America have come together to announce that the Kia EV9 comes with 1,000 kWh of free charging at Electrify America for first-time owners of the all-new, all-electric three-row SUV.
The 2024 Kia EV9 is the third all-electric Kia model that will benefit from such a promotion. The EV6 also gets 1,000 kWh of free charging, and the Kia Niro EV gets 500 kWh. In each case, owners will have three years from the date of purchase to use the charging credits.
Considering the EPA-estimated driving range of the EV9 can be up to 304 miles (with the 99.8-kWh battery version and rear-wheel drive powertrain), the free package of 1,000 kWh should translate into up to about 3,000 miles of driving.
According to Kia, the EV9 can recharge the battery from 10 to 80% state-of-charge in about 20 minutes for the 76.1-kWh battery version, or in 24 minutes for the 99.8-kWh battery version, as long as a high-power, high-voltage charger is available and the conditions are optimum. The maximum charging rate is 236 kilowatts (in the case of the 76.1-kWh battery version).
Besides a difference in battery capacity, the two battery packs consist of slightly different battery cells. The smaller one has 120.6 Ah battery cells and a voltage of 632 volts, while the bigger one has 180.9 Ah battery cells and 552 volts.
2024 Kia EV9 select charging specs:
All 2024 Kia EV9s are equipped with an 11-kW on-board charger and can recharge the battery in nearly seven or nine hours.
The 2024 model year of Kia electric vehicles is equipped with a CCS1 charging inlet, but in about a year, the company intends to start using the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) instead.
Robert Barrosa, the president and CEO of Electrify America, said:
“Our agreement with Kia America highlights our commitment to a more accessible future for electric vehicle (EV) transportation. We’re excited to provide DC fast charging on our coast-to-coast network for the 2024 Kia EV9 and driving the switch to zero-emission vehicles forward.”
Steven Center, the COO & EVP of Kia America, said:
“With the launch of the all-new Kia EV9, we are expanding this complimentary charging with Electrify America to inspire more individuals to embrace publicly available EV charging technology. The EV9’s standard 800V electrical architecture enables hyper-fast DC charging.”