Kia’s new EV6 electric crossover goes straight to the head of the pack

Enlarge / This is Kia’s distinctively styled EV6, a new electric crossover that’s one of the best we’ve tested.Jonathan Gitlin

HEALDSBURG, Calif.—Remember how, a few decades ago, the Japanese car industry came and ate everyone’s lunch? History doesn’t repeat, the aphorism goes, but it does rhyme. And this time around, the lunch-eating is courtesy of Korea’s automakers.

That’s especially true with electric vehicles. The second-generation EVs from Kia and parent company Hyundai were some of the few to get close to Tesla-levels of powertrain efficiency. The companies applied that knowledge to create E-GMP, a purpose-built 800 V platform for larger

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