The automotive industry is undergoing a significant transformation with the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), and one model that has been turning heads is the Kia EV6. As an emblem of Kia’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, the EV6 is poised to redefine the driving experience. In this article, we’ll look at extending the EV6’s usability by adding an aftermarket tow bar.
Underneath its stylish exterior, the Kia EV6 houses a high-performance electric powertrain that delivers an exhilarating driving experience. With multiple powertrain options, including dual-motor setups for all-wheel drive capability, perfect if you want to tow a trailer, light caravan or attach a carrier for e-bikes.
The EV6 has a braked towing weight of 1600kg (1.6 Tonnes) and a 750kg allowance for unbraked trailers. The nose weight limit is 100kg, which should be plenty enough for those wanting to carry a couple of e-bikes on a tow bar-mounted carrier.
If you’re towing a caravan or braked trailer around the 1600kg then the range should be around 100 to 120 miles on a full charge, dependent on the weather and roads. Not a lot, but then again most EVs are not approved for towing.
Kia EV6 Towbar
The preferable tow bar for the EV6 needs to be of the detachable type, this is because the vehicle has a central reverse light located in the lower bumper section. The benefit of fitting the detachable tow bar is that when not in use the tow bar neck can be removed, with no visible tow bar showing, or blocking some of the light. Although the detachable is preferable, a fixed tow bar would be suitable for the EV6, although it would block some of the reverse light output.
The detachable tow bar for the EV6 is available in two different designs.
There’s a horizontal detachable and a vertical detachable option. We much prefer the vertical detachable as when not attached there is no visible indication that the vehicle has a tow bar fitted. (Unless you look underneath the vehicle.) With the horizontally attached detachable tow bar the tow bar neck housing is visible at all times.
The tow bars do not interfere with the vehicle’s reverse sensors.
Kia EV6 Towing Electrics.
Two options for the EV6 towing electrics, 7 or 13 pin.
We recommend having the 13-pin wiring fitted as this can be used for all towing connections and includes the reverse light function, which the 7 pin connection does not.
With the 13-pin, you also get power for trailer stability control, fridge feed, and auxiliary battery.
Trailer light fault indication is provided by an audible fault indication.
Due to the complex electronics fitted to the Kia EV6 only an approved dedicated wiring loom should be fitted.
For an electric vehicle, the Kia EV6 is certainly a capable tow car and with a maximum tow weight of 1600kg (Check the chassis plate) can tow a large range of caravans and trailers.
Fitting a cycle carrier to the tow bar on an EV6 enables you to take your bikes along with no hassle.
If you are looking for someone to fit a tow bar to your EV6 then we recommend only using an approved and registered tow bar company. The EV6 is not a vehicle you should ‘attempt’ to fit a tow bar to (the fitter needs to be experienced), or something where going for the cheapest available is going to be a great idea.
There are several manufacturer-recommended tow bar fitting companies throughout the UK that will be capable of fitting your Kia EV6 tow bar. If you’re within a 60mile radius of Sheffield, South Yorkshire then you can get a price from us by completing our online tow bar price form or giving us a call on 0114 360 7080.
The video below gives an insight into towing a caravan with a Kia EV6.