Kia has announced the EV6 has made Guinness World Records history, with the South Korean car manufacturer’s all-electric crossover breaking the record for having the shortest charging time when crossing the United States. 

Over the course of seven days, the EV6 travelled 4 636 km from New York City to Los Angeles. During this time, it was plugged in for “a scant” 7 hours, 10 minutes and 1 second, beating Tesla’s time of 12 hours, 48 minutes and 19 seconds by more than five and a half hours. 

“The EV6’s record-setting run is the latest signal that Kia will be a leader in the popularisation of electric vehicles”

“The EV6’s record-setting run is the latest signal that Kia will be a leader in the popularisation of electric vehicles,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing at Kia America. “All of Kia’s world-class engineering and experience in electric vehicles will be applied in the move to electrification. The same attention to detail, design, quality, technology and driving dynamics that Kia has become known for will be found in every new electric vehicle we bring to market.”

The EV6 was the first model to be launched under Kia’s Plan S strategy, a strategy that puts electrification at the forefront of the company’s future. The EV6 has also achieved product carbon footprint certification and “Carbon Measured” label, making Kia the first Korean automaker to receive this certificate.