2022 Kia EV6 electric car allocation grows again, wait times cut for Australia

A further 85 Kia EV6 electric vehicles will be available in Australia – slimming wait times on new orders to less than 12 months.

The number of 2022 Kia EV6 electric cars allocated to Australia for this year has been increased again to cut wait times – but orders placed today may still take up to 12 months to arrive.

Australia’s allocation of EV6s has increased to 700 for 2022 – up from the 615 announced in August, and the 500 indicated when Kia’s first ground-up electric car launched in February.

The increased allocation for 2022  – combined with eight months and 426 vehicles worth of deliveries – has reduced estimated wait times to “up to 12 months”, though exact figures depend on production schedules, different trim combinations, a specific dealer’s wait list, and more.

That’s down from a figure of “probably about two years” given by Kia Australia boss Damien Meredith in July – though this is believed to have been just a rough estimate, based on the previous allocation.

“The production situation changes regularly and along with the other considerations such as trim/colour combinations, shipping schedules, existing backorders a particular dealer could already have in place etc, it obviously makes it really hard to nominate a wait time,” a Kia Australia spokesperson told Drive.

Meredith estimated in July that Kia could sell 3000 EV6s each year, if supply allowed – averaging to 250 cars per month.

In the seven months since the first cars reached showrooms in February, to the end of August (inclusive), Kia has reported 426 cars as sold (referring to deliveries, not orders taken) – or 61 on average per month.

The expanded allocation does not include the high-performance GT variant, which is due in local showrooms in December or January, with pricing expected to near $100,000.

Whereas Kia has opted to build a long wait list for its dedicated electric car through its dealers, the EV6’s twin under the skin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, is instead sold through bite-sized allocations of about 100 cars every one or two months.

The cars are sold online at fixed prices – rather than through Hyundai dealers – on a first come, first served basis.

Prices for the EV6 continue to start at $72,590 plus on-road costs, after a $4600 price rise across the range in July.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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