Kia Australia has stopped taking expressions of interest as demand for its new electric car blows out to three years, amid limited supply.

Demand for the 2022 Kia EV6 electric car has skyrocketed, with the local arm of the Korean car maker confirming that it has sold its allocation for the next three years. Just last month, the wait time for a new EV6 stood at two years.

That means anyone ordering a Kia EV6 today won’t see their new car until 2025 at the earliest, unless Kia can secure additional allocation to meet the surge in demand.

Kia said it had now received 1500 firm orders and deposits for the EV6 range , which starts at $67,990 and tops out at $82,990, depending on specification. With Australia only allocated 500 cars per year, that means the earliest available delivery slots won’t be until 2025, three years from now.

Kia Australia’s chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, confirmed the wait when asked by Drive at the local launch of the EV6 this week.

“As it stands right now, [yes]. Obviously people will drop off the [waiting list], but in pure numbers, yes,” said Meredith.

Meredith also confirmed he remains in constant dialogue with Kia headquarters, and is hopeful of receiving an increased allocation of the new-generation electric car for Australia.

“We’re trying to get more on a daily basis, but at the moment it’s 500,” said Meredith. “I’m an eternal optimist, I’d like to think it will [increase]. But our business plan is 500.”

The unprecedented demand has forced Kia to stop taking ‘expressions of interest’ for the EV6 which had already reached 25,000 in January.

“It’s more than that now, but we’ve since cut it off,” said Kia Australia’s general manager of marketing, Dean Norbiato. “Obviously it’s served its purpose. We’re notifying the potential customers next week about heading into Kia dealership where they can purchase.

“The expression of interest has been strong. It’s far outstripped Stinger which was the previous high standard we’ve had.”

Norbiato also confirmed that Australia is not alone in receiving limited stock for the high-demand EV6, revealing the United States’ initial allocation is just 1500 cars while Meredith said that even if Australia received a bigger allocation, it would likely make little difference to delivery times.

“Right now, the business plan is 500,” said Meredith. “I think the dealers are holding now about 1500 orders, real orders. Actual orders.

“Whether it’s 1500 orders and 500 cars or 3000 orders and 1000 cars, there’s still going to be that wait. Are people prepared to wait? We’ll get the car to them as quickly as we can.”

Kia Australia confirmed that the first 140 EV6s had landed in the country with deliveries to customers beginning shortly.

Rob Margeit

Rob Margeit has been an automotive journalist for over 20 years, covering both motorsport and the car industry. Rob joined CarAdvice in 2016 after a long career at Australian Consolidated Press. Rob covers automotive news and car reviews while also writing in-depth feature articles on historically significant cars and auto manufacturers. He also loves discovering obscure models and researching their genesis and history.

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