Kia EV9 drives perfectly even in bad weather conditions. Time to test winter is located in Arjeplog, Swedenunder sub-zero temperatures near the Arctic Circle, Kia engineers they tried to drive it to ensure optimal battery performance and charging, despite very low temperature. In addition, they improved it Traction Control System for better performance when driving in snow and ice.
“It is a myth that electric cars are not good for driving in snow“, he says Gunther Frank, General Manager Development Project Operations at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC). “With the Kia EV9, we have proven that we have the technology to overcome charging speed challenges in bad weather, with improved ride and handling to make the EV safe and even fun to drive in the snow.».
Battery configuration and EV Router maximizes charging performance
Under ideal conditions, the Kia EV9 has an electric range more than 541 km, according to the Worldwide Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). With the best 800 volt fast chargingcan restore up to distance of 239 km after only 15 minutes of charging.
“Like the human body, a battery has a certain temperature at which it feels most comfortablesays Frank. “Within this range, it can provide the best performance while driving and charging. Outside of this range, advanced battery technologies have been implemented to manage these adverse conditions.».
One of these features is battery conditioner, first introduced with the Kia EV6. Battery preparation basically means heating the battery before charging. By reaching the maximum temperature of the battery before charging begins, EV9 it can still achieve very fast chargingdespite the cold.
Another feature, EV Route plannerintroduced for the first time by EV9, offers customers even more more convenience automatically detecting charging points along the way when needed. The system analyzes real-time data of the vehicle as well as the route which is entered into the AVN systemto add charging points as needed.
When the estimate the electric range is not enough to reach your destination, AVN displays a pop-up suggestion possible payment centers and asks the customer if they want to add it to the route. This means that customers do not have to spend time plan their ways depending on the availability of charging stations – EV9 does it for you, showing you the time, where and for what period of payment.
The EV Router and battery mode work together to charge the battery in cold, when the vehicle is approaching a fast charger location. For customers, this means more time behind the wheel and less time to charge – or think about charging. “Our goal is to provide the best driving and charging experience for our customersFrank said. “We want them to be able to drive the longest distance in the shortest possible time and in a quieter way to make the step from ICE cars to EVs as easy and smooth as possible».
Special EV features for safe and stable driving
Low center of gravity and long wheelbase Kia EV9 they help stabilize the car while driving – in particular, by reducing cornering. To cope with the added weight and increase that speed are related to EVs, engineers enlarged the front brake discs. In addition, Kia EV9 regenerative braking system enhanced with built-in execution second generation amplifier or IEBreduce overall weight and improve energy efficiency.
The chassis of the EV9 has been improved by the post is postedso that they are assured excellent handling skills in snow and ice. Engineers aimed to find the right combination between safe and smooth handling and responsive and fun to drive. The result is a more balanced driving experience aimed at providing maximum passenger comfort, regardless of driving conditions.
All-wheel drive for superior snow handling
The Kia EV9 was equipped with HMETC and special winter tires for his experiments in Arjeplog, Sweden. These tires deliver high stability on snow tracks. The Kia EV9 will come with options of lightweight 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheelswhile a GT series version is also available with 21 inch rims.
Another feature to improve driving inside snow and ice is a four-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive Kia EV9 has electric motors in the front and rear. The RWD model uses a 150 kW electric motor and AWD has a total power output of 283 kW. This basically doubles it system power when AWD is in use.
Traction control system and unique Snow Mode feature
The Kia EV9’s Traction Control System, or TCS, has a purpose improve performance while driving in difficult areas. Drivers can choose from a route Mud, Sand and Snow using the Select Scene Mode button on the steering wheel to improve driving performance or different situations. The system adjusts engine output and torque distribution, as well as chassis systems and more stability control elements to ensure safe operation, even indoors low commitment. This means that the all-new Kia EV9 can also be driven off-road.
Snow conditions have improved maintain stability and speed in slippery conditions. When Snow mode is activated, the traction control system limits it torque from the motor and controls it with good tire grip on all four wheels to maintain speed forward in slippery conditions. It also uses better levels of brake control to improve traction. All these elements work together to deliver to customers safe and stable experience – while also having fun driving.