At the International Electric Vehicle Expo in South Korea, Kia revealed the highly anticipated Kia Niro EV together with the the Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Soul EV. Aside from the reveal of the production version of the pure electric crossover, the automaker also gave us information on this soon to be available electric CUV.
Similar to the Hyundai Kona EV’s offerings, the electric Niro will be offered with two different battery options: a 39.2 kilowatt hour version and a 64 kilowatt hour version. Take note though that only the beefier version will be offered in the United States. According to Kia, the smaller battery will have a range of 149 miles per charge, while the bigger one is claimed to have 236 miles. The similar Hyundai Kona may be a little smaller, but it can go a little further per charge.
As for the dimensions, the Niro EV is 4,375mm long, 1,805mm wide, and 1,560mm tall, and 2,700mm in shaft.
Ki-Sang Lee, Kia Motors senior vice president, stated that there won’t be the so called “silver bullet” in the electric car market, and that their presence in the electric car market will be further reinforced. This means that they will most likely come up with a wide range of eco-friendly powertrains to offer to the market, because there will never be one model that will satisfy the demand for low emission technology within the industry.
Going back to the newly unveiled Niro EV, it comes standard with a set of 17 inch wheels, frontal collision avoidance assistance, lane departure assistance, smart cruise control, and rear collision warning. Other safety features include driver attention warning, back collision warning, and highway driving assistance to enhance operational convenience and safety.
Soon enough, we should be able to hear from Kia when it comes to the European and the US launch schedules of the Kia Niro EV in the near future. And even before we hear about the launch dates, Kia claims to have already received 5000 orders of the Niro EV in Korea.
These orders were received in only a span of 3 days in February. Of course, the electric vehicle will first be sold in its hometown later this year. The automaker also added that they are expecting the Niro to gain overwhelming competitiveness in the environmentally friendly car market with the Niro HEV and PHEV, selling 23,647 vehicles last year.
For those of you who are interested in electric vehicles, particularly the Niro EV, Soul EV, Niro PHEV, you could still head to the 5th International Electric Car Expo, which ends on the 6th of May.