Kia Niro EV Set to Deliver Tesla-Like Range


Kia is getting as much eco-mileage as it can out of its Niro, which already comes as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. "As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to adapt these new technologies for its customers", said Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, vice chairman and head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center.

Kia will present three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits created to show how the company will incorporate new technologies to enhance communication and interaction between occupants and vehicles. The major tech event may seem like the least attractive place to unveil a vehicle and it greatly suggests that the Niro EV wants to be known for its technology rather than driving capabilities. As part of this, the manufacturer also aims to have a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on the road by 2020.

Kia has revealed its plans for the next decade at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The 2019 Niro EV will likely retain the smooth panel that replaces the brand's familiar "tiger nose" grille. A 150 kW (201 hp) receives energy from a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which has a claimed driving range of 383 km.

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Right on the heels of introducing the plug-in hybrid Niro, Kia is previewing an all-electric version of the small wagon.

Kia say the Niro EV Concept is a showcase for its new ACE strategy (that's Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric), but strip away some of the concept bits and this is the production Niro EV.

Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the auto, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior.

Kia debuted different cockpits demonstrating technology for the Niro EV concept. The safety system uses cameras to monitor for objects and is fitted with speakers to alert people who might be in the vehicle's way. Inside, the car's modern interior gets backlit perforated leather trim and Kia's new HMI infotainment system, which features face and voice-recognition technology to improve security. Finally, the carmaker confirmed that it will commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021. The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.