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NewsKia EV9 Production Begins in Georgia

Kia EV9 Production Begins in Georgia

'Merican EV9s

  • U.S. Telluride plant now also builds EV9

  • Model could now qualify for U.S. incentives

Kia’s West Point, GA, factory has just started something big. The first versions of the company’s EV9 three-row electric crossover have just driven off of the line.

The automaker’s plant in Georgia first opened in 2009 to build the second-generation Sorento. Since then, it has expanded and is home to the Sorento as well as the Telluride and the Sportage. Expanding to build the EV9 was part of a $200m investment that the automaker said has added 200 jobs to the plant.

“Today’s launch of the Kia EV9 in Georgia is the latest example of Kia’s commitment to the U.S. market and the state of Georgia,” said Kia North America President and CEO SeungKyu Yoon.

The Kia EV9 was the first large three-row electric crossover to hit the market last year. The big EV is about the size of Kia’s popular Telluride but offers up to 489 km of all-electric range. The model has won a number of Car of the Year awards across the world.

While this shouldn’t change anything for Canadian buyers, it could have a big impact for buyers in the U.S. There, now that the model is built in North America, it should qualify for at least some of that country’s $7,500 EV tax credit incentive. Until now, the EV9 was built solely at a plant in South Korea.


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