Kia Niro EV Concept: This 238-mile-range electric crossover looks
January 9, 2018 Zac Palmer
Kia says the Niro EV will be the first of five EVs it'll make by 2025
Production on the Niro EV is slated to begin this year
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. Now the mini crossover has turned
fully electric at CES 2018. Called the Niro EV Concept, it claims an
impressive 238-mile range on a full charge and is capable of charging up to
115 miles in 30 minutes.
All this range is accomplished through a 64-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack
paired with a single electric motor. No performance figures are available,
but we’d expect it to be similar to the Chevy Bolt’s 0-60 at 6.5 seconds.
This one isn’t technically a production car, but it’s mighty close to what a
Niro EV production car would look like. The body and shape is all Niro-like,
but with some revisions to make it more tech- and future-focused.
Kia Niro EV interior
Kia's human machine interface supports face and voice recognition that
allows the car to recognize who's piloting it, and then adjust the settings
to their programmed preferences.
For this concept, Kia decided to come up with an active safety feature to
warn pedestrians that a silent, electric vehicle is coming –- certainly a
CES thing to do. A combination of front-view cameras, object recognition
sensors and front speakers detect pedestrians or cyclists, then the car
sounds an alert targeted at that person to warn them of the giant, rolling
piece of metal about to run them over.
The interior of the car gets much more concept-like, with an airy,
wraparound dash devoid of most the buttons you’re used to seeing on
production cars. It looks pretty standard for CES, but don’t expect much of
the interior to transfer over to the production car. Kia using a crossover
for its first long-range electric is a sign of the times we live in where
manufacturers are working hard to satisfy everybody’s tall-car needs.
Kia Niro EV Concept Debuts at CES in Las Vegas
Jan 9, 2018 Kia says the Niro EV is powered by a “next-generation
powertrain,” a 150-kW electric motor and a 64-kWh lithium-polymer battery
that Kia says will deliver up to 238 miles of driving range. This represents
a significant step up from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which shares a
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