First pictures: Kia EV6
Kia has released the first pictures of the EV6, its first model to be produced only as an electric vehicle, and one that will include a 576hp GT model capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds.
That will arrive in October 2022, around a year after first deliveries of the regular model, which starts at less that £41,000 and comes with an official range figure of 316 miles from the 77kWh battery, the larger of the two battery options that also includes the cheaper 58kWh option for which range figures haven’t yet been published. Both cars come in either rear-drive or four-wheel drive form, with the AWD models getting an additional motor powering the front wheels, boosting power to a maximum of 320hp on the 77kWh AWD compared to 225hp on the rear-drive model. For the 58kWh battery the figures are 232hp for the AWD and 167hp on the rear-drive car.
With the right power supply, the EV6 is capable of a charge from 10%-80% in 18 minutes, or adding more than 60 miles in as little as under five minutes, depending on powertrain.
AFP webinar to launch Tax Manifesto
The Association of Fleet Professionals is to launch its first major piece of campaigning since being formed 12 months ago, with a Tax Manifesto due to be launched next month alongside the organisation’s Tax and the Company Car webinar.
Webinar attendance is free of charge to anyone wishing to dial in, and it takes place at 9.30am on Wednesday 14 April with content covering the new 130% super deductions announced in the chancellor’s recent Budget statement, as well as general advice on year-end tax and company cars across P87s, P11Dsm BiK and employee car ownership schemes.
The event will also act as the launchpad for the Tax Manifesto.
Part of the thinking behind the formation of the AFP just over a year ago was the need for a campaigning fleet industry organisation and this is one of the first signs of that intention,” said chair Paul Hollick. “We’ve been having wide-ranging discussions with our members and other interested parties about areas where we believe that the taxation of fleets and mobility needs changing or developing in order to create effective incentives, greater certainty and more fairness,. The results are contained in this document. We plan to use it as the foundation for conversations with the government and HMRC in the coming months and years.”
Almost three-quarters of fleet vehicles could go EV – Webfleet
Around 70% of cars and light commercial vehicles being used commercially in the UK could be replaced by electric models according to research by Webfleet Solutions.
The Bridgestone-owned organisation looked at data covering 5,000 fleets with a total of 100,000 vehicles across Europe, and found the UK figure to be above the European average of 61%. It also found that 83% of its European customers could replace at least one vehicle with an EV, 57% could swap at least half of their fleet and 34% could change their entire fleet to electric. The figures are based on which company vehicles drove less than 186 miles per day, which the company said reflected the range of most electric car and LCV models.