The Kia EV9 2024 will start at $54,900 for the Light RWD version before destination fees or add options like a larger battery or two additional motors for AWD. When it was announced earlier this year, the EV9 caught everyone’s attention, as there are few (and expensive) seven-seater all-electric vehicles on the market, and the automaker’s entry seemed poised to cause a revolution.
The EV9 will come standard with 19-inch wheels, dual 12.3-inch screens in the front, a 5-inch screen for HVAC controls, CarPlay and Android Auto, a wireless phone charger, advanced driver-assist features such as automatic braking and cross traffic control. and support for ultra-wideband smartphone key access (although that requires a subscription). You can charge your battery from 10 to 80 percent in less than 25 minutes when connected to a 350 kW DC fast charger (Car and driver preview found to be compatible speeds up to 230kW).
Other options for three-row electric SUVs are limited and include the Tesla Model of $92,000. -engine configuration. And although it’s a bit cramped, the seven-seat Tesla Model Y costs $52,990 and qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit.
But by comparison, similarly sized three-row, gasoline-powered SUVs are still available for a little less. Kia’s 2024 Telluride starts at $36,000 (about $40,000 all said and done). The EV9 is about the same height and width and slightly longer than the Telluride.
Kia’s EV9 will initially ship from South Korea and will be available by the end of the year. It still doesn’t qualify for federal tax credits because of complex new rules that bother foreign automakers quite a bit. But the EV9 could qualify after Kia begins assembling it in the U.S. next year at a new factory in West Point, Georgia. Other models in the line, including the Light Long Range, Wind, Land and GT-Line, will have pricing announced “later.”