The Kia EV9 is coming, but you’ll have to wait to buy it. Here’s why

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A big new electric SUV is on the way — and it’s called the Kia EV9. Kia’s highly anticipated line-topper will be big and spacious, offer solid electric range, and will come in at a lower price than most of its rivals. Yes, that’s a big deal.

While we think this may be one of the most exciting electric vehicles to launch in the US, potential buyers may want to wait a little longer, if they can. Of course, the EV9 will likely be the best choice for most people who want a large SUV in its price range – but in a year or so, it will become a more attractive option. Here’s why.

Follow the money

The EV9 is set to be one of the cheapest electric SUVs out there, if you ignore the con like the Mustang Mach-E and EV6, which are marketed as SUVs, but are actually more of crossovers. The base price of the EV9 has been announced to be $54,900. When you consider the fact that every other large three-row electric SUV (like the Rivian R1S) is priced at more than $80,000, the EV9 suddenly looks… cheap.

But it will soon get cheaper.

The first-generation Kia EV9 will be built in South Korea and imported into the US, meaning it won’t qualify for the federal electric vehicle tax credit of up to $7,500. But Kia said that it will start producing the car at its new assembly plant in Georgia starting in 2024.

Two Kia EV9 cars
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To be clear, there isn’t ensure that the car will qualify for tax credits when it enters production in America. Kia must ensure that its production meets a series of requirements. And although the base model EV9 will do Possible eligible, you should structure your options carefully. SUVs over $80,000 don’t qualify for the credit, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to configure the EV9 above that amount. Complete pricing for all EV9 models in the US has not been announced.

Tax credits aside, when the car goes into production in Georgia, it will likely be sold at a lower price as well, given the fact that Kia won’t have to import it to the US. is pure speculation, and the other side of the argument is that Kia may want to keep prices higher to cover the costs of building the factory.

To be safe, let’s say the starting price remains the same — but qualifies for a tax credit. Once you file your tax return and actually get the credit, the total will be $47,400. The price is very affordable for a car like this.

Convenience is king

There are other reasons why you might want to hold off a bit. The first generation Kia EV9 in the US will be equipped with a CCS charging port. This is the charger connector found on the charging stations like Electrify America now. But the world of charging in the US is changing – and it’s happening fast. Tesla has opened the NACS charging connector, and Hyundai (Kia’s parent company) recently announced Kia will start shipping cars with the connector in the fourth quarter of 2024. Kia’s timeline may not match exactly, but it’s certainly far behind. Many charging networks have also announced that they will begin the (very) long transition from CCS to NACS.

This means that if you buy an EV9 now, it will slowly but surely become more difficult to find a charging connector for your car.

Tesla Super Charger

To be clear, that’s not going to happen That much more difficult. All you need to do is keep a CCS to NACS adapter in your car so you can charge at a NACS station. Currently, Tesla has only opened a few stations for non-Tesla cars, and Hyundai and Kia cars apparently cannot connect to Tesla’s newer V3 stations. More stations are expected to be available between May and June 2024.

But if you don’t want to have to use an adapter at a charging station in a few years (it’s a minor issue), it might be worth waiting until the end of 2024.

Competition is coming

What if Kia EV9 No the only affordable large format electric SUV out there? That question will likely be answered in the near future.

Rivian R1S on the road

The fact is that big cars are king in North America, and manufacturers are racing to launch their own cars. This will breathe new life into the electric SUV competition.

Hyundai itself will soon launch a model called the Ioniq 7. It will likely take longer to be delivered to the US, considering that so far only a concept has been announced. Plus, we expect cheaper Rivian SUVs, more electric options from Ford, and so on. You may have to wait a few years, but you’ll soon have more electric SUV options.

So who should buy now?

None of this is to say that buying now is a bad idea. After all, when the Kia EV9 launches in the US, it will be one of the few options available. If you need a big new car, want something all-electric, can afford to splash the cash, and don’t mind the fact that you might need to use an adapter at a charging station in a few years, then the Kia EV9 is still a great choice. worth buying. Especially if you really can’t wait to buy it. If you need a car, you need a car.

However, if you can wait, and any of the issues outlined here are a problem for you, it’s worth waiting a while. The 2025 Kia EV9 will likely be more attractive than the 2024 model.

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