Electric Kia e-Niro's official range downgraded after test error
30 November 2018 Jim Holder
Kia e-Niro The Kia e-Niro's range has been downgraded following a test
External independent test firm blamed for failing to apply correct WLTP
The official range of the electric Kia e-Niro has been downgraded after the
firm discovered a external test agency hadn't followed correct procedures
for the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
As a result, the higher-spec 64kWh e-Niro now has an official range of 282
miles rather than 301 miles, while the 39.2 kWh e-Niro is rated at 179 miles
rather than 193 miles.
All new cars to be sold in the European Union are subject to the WLTP test
procedure, which was introduced this autumn. Kia says that the independent
organisation overseeing the test process accidentally provided an incorrect
testing methodology and then approved the results it generated.
This led to the e-Niro being tested for a disproportionate length of time on
the WLTP urban cycle, comprising lower overall vehicle speeds and a reduced
energy requirement, resulting in an over-estimation of the vehicle’s
Kia itself then discovered the wrong result during ongoing homologation work
for another new Kia electric vehicle.
The firm is now contacting customers who have bought the car - which doesn't
go on sale in the UK until early 2019 - to explain the changes.
It is not currently clear if the related Hyundai Kona electric, or any other
vehicles tested by the agency, will be similarly effected.
In independent Real Range testing by What Car?, conducted on its own test
route, the 64kWh Kia e-Niro achieved the second equal highest range of any
electric car to date, recording a range of 253 miles. That was matched by
the Jaguar I-Pace.
The Hyundai Kona recorded the highest Real Range, at 259 miles.
WLTP Worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedure
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