Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Kia Niro EV concept debuts at CES with 238 mile driving range

Kia Niro EV concept debuts at CES with 238 mile driving range

The concept is part of Kia's strategy to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020.

In fact, with so many carmakers pledging a raft of new EV cars in the years to follow, surely we now have to think about the various noises each will have to make? "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", said Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman and head of Kia R&D Centre.

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

When it commences production in the second half of 2019, Kia plans to produce a compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market. Revisions to reflect its new powertrain type include the lack of a traditional front grille - replaced by an interactive panel that displays text or graphics. The lights have been shrunk down, courtesy of new ultra-slim lamps. Kia hasn't given any specific timeline on when the Niro EV will go into production, but we expect a late 2018 arrival. The vehicle's Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) features a combination of front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers. That panel is created to display information like the battery's charge level.

Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the vehicle, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior. Apparently one example of the touch controls is on a leather-wrapped section of the Niro EV steering wheel.

Kia Niro EV Concept Interior
Kia Niro EV concept debuts at CES with 238 mile driving range

Kia has adopted what it calls a "boundless" vision of future mobility, wherein the vehicle is no longer just a means of transportation, and developed the "ACE" action plan, which involves producing more Autonomous, Connected and Electrified cars over the course of the next decade. Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), it can track who is approaching and getting into the house, and then selectively control which aspects of control are available to them.

The Niro EV concept is a nice follow-up to the Soul EV, which is rated at 111 miles of range. Kia points out that the Niro EV isn't based on Hyundai's Ioniq platform and uses a 204PS electric motor that draws energy from a 64 kWh battery pack. 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.

According to the automaker, the EV concept will feature a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain, a never-before-seen human machine interface (HMI) and a new "motion graphic" lighting system.

Last previous year, Kia Motors posted global sales of 2,746,188 units, decreasing 7.8 per cent from 2016.

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