Kia EV9 Production Begins in Georgia, Making It Significantly Cheaper

Kia has started production of the EV9 electric SUV in Georgia, marking a significant milestone as it becomes the first EV to be assembled in the state. This move brings several benefits, including the creation of solid jobs in the U.S. and a substantial price reduction for the EV9.

By shifting production from Korea to Georgia, the EV9 now qualifies for the federal EV tax credit, reducing the vehicle’s price by $7,500. Already an affordable electric SUV, the tax credit makes it even more attractive to buyers.

If the 2025 model matches the 2024 pricing, the base EV9 Light RWD will start at $48,895 after the tax credit, down from $56,395, which includes a $1,495 destination fee. Upgrading to the Light Long Range RWD model, with an increased range of 304 miles from 230 miles, will now cost $53,195. The Wind e-AWD model, offering a 280-mile range, will be priced at $57,895. These prices are based on the 2024 model, and while the 2025 pricing may vary slightly, the federal tax credit ensures substantial savings.

Having reviewed the 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line earlier this year, I was impressed by its modern, bright interior, solid tech features, and zippy performance. With three rows of seating, it stands out as one of the most affordable family-size electric SUVs.

Competition is on the horizon with Hyundai preparing to release its large electric SUV, the Hyundai Ioniq 9, expected in 2024 at a similar price point to the EV9.

The reduced price of the EV9 is great news for U.S. buyers. The 2025 model, expected to go on sale later this year, will include the North American Charging System (NACS) charging port. Additionally, Kia is preparing to introduce a superfast EV9 GT trim in 2025, with further upgrades yet to be announced.