Kia Reveals Niro All-electric

Shown recently at the Busan Motor Show in Korea, the Kia Niro EV has a long-distance driving range of 450 km with a zero-emissions powertrain.

By Wheels.ca Wheels.ca

Jun 23, 2018 2 min. read

Article was updated 5 years ago

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Kia recently revealed its all-new Niro EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea.

With a range of 450 km, the all-electric Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, and crossover utility with a zero-emissions powertrain.

The Niro EV occupies a unique position in the market as an all-electric compact crossover. Intelligent packaging, high practicality, and a long-distance driving range mean the Niro EV offers fewer compromises than other electric vehicles.

Buyers will also benefit from a range of EV-exclusive in-car technologies, new safety features, and standout exterior and interior design.

Following the Busan Motor Show, the Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018, and will be introduced to other markets – including Europe – in due course. No details of the Niro EV coming to Canada have been announced.

Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Designed at Kia’s design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV incorporates the practicality and appeal of a compact crossover in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces.

The interior of the Niro EV is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements.

The dashboard features new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of the centre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.

In Europe, the Niro EV will be equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, providing a driving range of more than 450 km on a single charge with zero emissions.

Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes 54 minutes to recharge the Niro EV’s battery to 80 per cent. Buyers will also be to specify their Niro EV with an optional 39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, with a range of up to 300 kilometres from a single charge.

Power is provided to the front wheels through a 150 kW (200 hp) motor, producing 290 lb/ft torque from a standstill, enabling the Niro EV to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds.

Kia Niro EV


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