Article By John Redfern

New Kia EV6 earns carbon footprint certification

Undertaken by the Carbon Trust, the carbon footprint certification process measured the total greenhouse gas emissions for the Kia EV6.

The all-electric Kia EV6 has become the first Korean car to achieve product carbon footprint certification.

Awarded by the Carbon Trust, the carbon footprint certification investigates the entire lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of a product.

Covering more than just tailpipe emissions, the certification looks at everything from raw material sources to end-of-life recycling.

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The EV6 is Kia’s first all-electric vehicle, with the Korean brand focused on ensuring it delivers more than zero emissions.

PET recycled plastics have been used for the floor mats and seat coverings, helping reduce the carbon footprint of creating the EV6. Kia estimates that each finished car contains the equivalent of 107 reused PET plastic bottles.

In 2019 Kia obtained ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification. This international standard measures companies on practical ways to reduce energy usage.

This combination of measures ensured that Kia can demonstrate the volume of carbon emissions that go into producing each EV6.

Kia launched the EV6 in the UK earlier this year, ahead of the first deliveries planned for October 2021.

Powered by a 77.4kWh battery pack, the EV6 is capable of covering up to 328 miles on a single charge. Fast-charging abilities allow a 350 kW charger to add 60-miles of range to the EV6 in under five minutes.

Prices for the EV6 begin at £40,895, running to the range-topping £51,895 EV6 GT-Line S with all-wheel drive.

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