Article By John Redfern

Tennis ace Rafael Nadal takes delivery of Kia EV6

An existing brand ambassador for Kia, legendary tennis player Nadal has switched to an electric EV6.

Rafael Nadal, winner of 20 Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is now the driver of a Kia EV6.

He took delivery of the electric car during a special ceremony at his Rafa Nadal Academy, located in his Spanish hometown of Manacor, Mallorca.

Demonstrating the car’s capabilities, the event was powered by the EV6 using its special vehicle-to-load (V2L) function.

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The event saw Nadal collect the keys for the specially customised Kia EV6 GT-Line. It has the player’s ‘raging bull’ logo stitched into the headrests.

Nadal will make use of the EV6 when at home in Mallorca, and also at major tournaments across the globe.

He also hopes to convert all the vehicles used at his tennis academy and foundation to electric power by 2022.

“My job naturally requires a lot of travel, and my lifestyle is not fully sustainable. But I’m determined to make the necessary changes where I can, starting with my personal use of the EV6 crossover in Mallorca and beyond,” said Nadal.

The EV6 crossover is Kia’s first electric vehicle built on a dedicated platform. It has the ability to divert up to 3.6kW of electricity to power other devices, or even illuminate a tennis court.

In the UK, all versions of the EV6 come with a 77.4kWh battery pack. They are capable of more than 300 miles when fully charged, with the rear-wheel-drive EV6 offering 328 miles.

Using a 350kW rapid charger can see the EV6 recharge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

Kia plans to launch 11 electric vehicles by 2026, meaning Rafael Nadal may soon be changing his car again.

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