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The Kia EV6 facelift is finally here. Kia revealed the new EV6 Tuesday with more range, a host of new features, and an “evolved” design for the modern era.

Kia released the EV6 in March 2021 as its first dedicated electric car based on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform.

Three years later, the EV6 is due for an upgrade. After unveiling the EV3, EV4, and EV5 (Kia’s next-gen affordable EVs) last year it was clear the EV6 was in need of a refresh. You can see the current EV6 lacks Kia’s new design theme as the brand aims to become a leader in the electric era.

Ahead of its official debut, we caught a glimpse of the new EV6 testing under camouflage several times.

Kia unveiled the first teaser images earlier this month. The teasers showed several new design features, including redesigned front and rear lights. One of the biggest upgrades is the new DRL with Kia’s “Star Map Signature Lighting,” shown on new models like the EV9 and EV5.

After announcing it has begun signing contracts for the new EV6, Kia said its first dedicated EV has “returned in a more perfect form.”

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Kia EV6 facelift (Source: Kia)

Kia reveals new EV6 has more range, features, and style

You can immediately see the design upgrades, including a wing-shaped bumper design and redesigned wheels. The rear also features Kia’s star map lightning with a new wing-shaped design similar to the front bumper.

The EV6 facelift features a bigger battery (84 kWh), up from the previous 77.4 kWh pack. Kia’s fourth-gen battery enables up to 307 miles (494 km) range in Korea, up from 295 miles (475 km) in the previous model.

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Kia EV6 facelift (Source: Kia)

With increased energy density, the new battery enables faster charging. The new EV6 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 mins with 350 kW fast charging.

Inside, the new EV6 is equipped with Kia’s new ccNC infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s also loaded with SDV-based features like remote smart parking assist 2 and voice recognition. The new system expands OTA features and adds streaming options.

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Kia EV6 facelift interior (Source: Kia)

Kia enhanced the new EV6’s ride with “frequency-sensitive shock absorbers” and optimized motor noise control for an even quieter drive.

Kia says that added elements have created a more luxurious and modern interior space. This includes a new panoramic curved display, a redesigned steering wheel, and an improved wireless charging pad.

Kia EV6 facelift (Source: Kia)

In Korea, the new EV6 starts at $40,500 (KRW 55.4 million) for the Long Range and Light trims. The Air starts at $42,600 (KRW 58.24 million), while the Earth model costs $45,700 (KRW 62.52 million).

Kia also revealed the new EV6 GT-Line model with a sportier design, exclusive 20″ wheels, and an added front LED center lamp. The GT-Line will start at $46,200 (KRW 63.15 million).

The new EV6 is expected to launch in June. With added tax credits, the new EV6 could start as low as $38,500 (KRW 52.6 million) in Korea.

What do you think of the new Kia EV6? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Invanti Tornado is the Swiss Army knife of e-bikes [Video]

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Want your electric bike to have utility as well as comfort and style? Then, the Invanti Tornado, with its impressive array of optional accessories, could be your ideal ride.

Invanti is developing multi-functional e-bikes to reinvent the e-bike industry. It will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on May 22 for its first product, the versatile Tornado e-bike series. Early backers can purchase the Tornado for a super early bird price of $1,299, significant savings vs. gas bikes.

Invanti makes it easy to protect your e-bike from theft with its “invantimobility” app. The smart version Tornado Pro has a smart front hub lock feature that, once activated, can only be unlocked using the app.

This zippy and efficient utility e-bike has a 750W rear hub motor, 1,000 peak power, and a 48V 14.7Ah battery with Samsung cells that give a top speed of up to 25 mph. The Shimano 7-speed transmission, 80 mm travel suspension, 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and torque sensor means riding is smooth. It also sports a pair of 20-by-3-inch puncture-resistant tires.

The Tornado provides a range of 60 miles on pedal assist and 25 miles on throttle only. You can additionally install an extra 48V, 10.4Ah battery that you take with you, giving a cumulative total of 100 miles on pedal assist and 43.5 miles on throttle only. Plus, you can use the extra battery as a portable powerbank for your phone.

What makes the Invanti Tornado stand out is the cool accessories it comes with. Your e-bike arrives with a front rack, a rear cargo rack, a rear fork storage bag with lockout, and rear wheel mudguards. It also features front and rear lights with integrated turn signals.

Plus, it offers a choice of nine upgrade accessories, which give this bike an almost modular feel. This means you can make your e-bike bespoke:

If you want to cart around passengers, you can make it happen with the Invanti Tornado’s optional rear seat pad and passenger foot rest, and there’s also a child safety handrail. Its dual-tube aluminum alloy frame can handle payloads of up to 440 pounds.

Invanti’s super early bird price on the Tornado is $1,299, and the official crowdfunding price is $1,499.

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This startup is about to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on box buildings

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This startup is about to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on box buildings

Aeromine Technologies just closed a $9 million funding round, and it’s ready to scale up production of its bladeless rooftop wind turbines.

Energy research, investing, and strategy firm Veriten is the lead investor in Aeromine Technologies’ Series A funding round.

Aeromine, launched in 2022, makes compact 50 kW or larger “wind harvesting platforms” that it mounts on the edge of a building’s roof. The rooftop wind units, which have no external moving parts or blades, capture wind flowing up and over the building and convert it into onsite electricity. Its generator system is a rotor-stator system with a highly efficient 5 kW permanent magnet generator. (Specs are here.)

The noiseless technology leverages aerodynamics like airfoils on a race car to capture and amplify each building’s airflow to generate energy. Aeromine says its systems typically consist of 20-40 units installed on the edge of a building facing the predominant wind direction.

Each 1,000-pound unit can withstand winds of between 120 and 158 mph depending on specification.

Aeromine’s units can operate independently or be integrated with existing rooftop solar arrays. Onsite power generation eliminates grid supply disruptions.

Maynard Holt, founder & CEO of Veriten, said:

We believe that distributed power innovation will play a vital role in helping companies fulfill their need for reliable, reasonably priced electricity and desire for low-impact power. We’re excited to partner with Aeromine, as its ability to quickly and affordably help a wide variety of companies meet their energy needs with wind resources is unique among distributed energy solutions.

The bladeless wind turbines are designed to power apartment buildings, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, offices, hospitals, retail centers – basically any big box building with a flat, unobstructed roof.

The company says it has 400 qualified projects in its pipeline and expects to roll out commercially in Europe and North America in 2025. 

Read more: How renewables could beat natural gas in US generating capacity within 3 years – in numbers


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Ford likely to enable all dealers to sell EVs amid shifting plans

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With changes expected to Ford’s electric vehicle certification program, all Ford dealers will likely be able to sell EVs. Ford is reportedly preparing to open the program amid feedback from its dealers.

Ford poised to open dealers network to sell EVs

After asking dealers to pause EV investments this week, Ford is finalizing changes to the program. Ford already eased requirements last year due to “changes in the market.”

Ford spokesperson Marty Gunsberg confirmed that several dealers opted out of the program this past December. Gunsberg said, “Enrollments for 2024 are just over 50% of the network.” That’s down from about two-thirds confirmed by CEO Jim Farley a year prior.

According to Automotive News, after a series of meetings between dealers and executives, Ford is now preparing to allow all dealers to sell EVs.

Ford is expected to update the financial requirements needed to qualify. Previously, dealers were required to invest at least $500,000 to enroll in the program. For $1.2 million, dealers could be eligible for the “Elite” tier, which included additional chargers, demo units, and a presence on Ford.com.

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Ford Mustang Mach E at a Tesla Supercharger (Source: Ford)

If dealers didn’t want to invest, they couldn’t sell Ford EVs. Ford’s vice president of EV programs, Lisa Drake, said the company no longer believes having select dealers sell EVs is the right plan.

More dealers want in but with less financial commitment

“What we’re finding is more dealers want to be involved in it and we don’t want to be exclusive to just a handful,” Drake said. “And so we’re making a change where we’re opening up that and not requiring as many certifications or investments for a dealer to participate in the EV revolution.”

Meanwhile, the changes will not be finalized until early June, when Ford meets with its dealer council.

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2024 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup (Source: Ford)

It’s unclear how much Ford will reduce financial requirements to sell EVs, but many believe it will be drastically relaxed to promote participation.

Drake said Ford will be “more ubiquitous with our training and make sure essentially all of our dealers are equipped to sell them” going forward. Ford will need to figure out how to deal with those who have already made investments at the upcoming dealer council meeting.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Bronze edition (Source: Ford)

Ford slashed prices on its popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in recent months to boost sales.

After cutting Mach-E prices by up to $8,100 earlier this year, Ford introduced a new 0% APR offer on 2024 models this week.

2024 Mustang Mach-E trim Range Starting Price
Mustang Mach-E Select 250 mi $39,995
Mustang Mach-E Premium 320 mi $43,995
Mustang Mach-E GT 280 mi $53,995
Mustang Mach-E Rally 265 mi $59,995
2024 Mustang Mach-E price and range by trim

Ford also introduced new discounts on the 2023 F-150 Lightning this week, offering up to $15,000 off MSRP. F-150 Lightning lease prices were cut by over $400 a month.

If you’re in the market for a new EV, now’s the time to start shopping. You can use our links below to find deals on Ford’s electric vehicles at a dealer near you.

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