Kia Niro EV shoots for 200-plus-mile range

CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

Kia Niro EV shoots for 200-plus-mile range

The Kia Niro EV boasts an evolution of the current Niro's design, with fresh front and rear light treatments and an illuminated "Niro EV" logo on the rear bumper.

Connected cars are also part of Kia's long-term plans. "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. That fuel-cell vehicle is due to come out in 2020.

Kia showed off a new all-electric SUV concept Monday that it hopes will have a range of 238 miles on a single charge.

Kia Niro EV shoots for 200-plus-mile range

Late to the "eco" party, Kia is rushing to catch up, revealing the new member of its Niro family during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

For instance, since the traditional grille is no longer required for cooling the engine, Kia's designers have replaced it with an interactive display panel.

It seems likely the production version of the Niro EV will arrive later this year, with Kia planning a total of 16 new electric vehicles - including five hybrids and plug-ins, five BEVs and an FCEV - by 2025.

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The Niro also debuts a new pedestrian warning system to counteract its silent propulsion that utilises cameras, object recognition and speakers to sound a warning the individual of the car's presence.

This Niro packs a 150kW (201bhp) electric motor powered by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

The Kia Niro EV concept is slightly larger than the first two - hybrid and plug-in - versions of the Niro.

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The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors.

Well, we can understand this decision from Kia because there is not much to say about the performance of the Niro EV.

Kia's human machine interface supports face and voice recognition that allows the auto to recognize who's piloting it, and then adjust the settings to their programmed preferences. As a matter of fact, a virtual reality simulator is now at Kia's booth at CES, giving participants the opportunity to live the "connected car" experience, which allows cars to communicate with each for improved safety, all in real time. Finally, the carmaker confirmed that it will commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021.

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