At the CES Electronics Fair, Kia shows the Niro EV as a study. Series closer than the optics is the range of 380 kilometers. Already 2018, the 2019 Kia Niro EV also comes to us.
To the essential: Kia promises a purely electric range of 238 miles for the 2019 Kia Niro EV. That is 383 kilometers and therefore more than Teslas (possibly) soon deliverable Model 3 in basic configuration with a battery charge will create (220 miles). The Opel Ampera-E and its sister model Chevrolet Bolt EV also have a smaller battery than the Niro EV with 60 kWh. At the CES Electronics Fair in Las Vegas, Kia also shows practical e-mobility. However, only as a study. Being.
The production version of the Kia Niro EV will already be in the second half of 2018. With data based on the study now shown. That’s surprising. The small crossover is technically similar to the Hyundai Ioniq as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Hyundai promises 280 kilometers under “ideal traffic and driving conditions and the appropriate mode of operation”. The Niro EV will be created accordingly on a different technical basis. Similar to the Hyundai Kona EV announced for 2018.
The Hyundai Ioniq has a battery with a capacity of 28 kWh. In the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the battery pack with 64 kWh should be twice as large. In the study, an electric motor with 150 kW power (204 hp) is responsible for the driving. An aggregate with 88 kW (120 hp) works in the Ioniq. The manufacturer does not yet reveal how the Niro comes to the road in the end. However, the price should be above the Ioniq. It costs at least 33,300 euros without Elektroprämie.
The Niro EV will be the first model of an electric offensive by the Korean manufacturer. By the year 2025, 16 electrified cars will be on offer. Five of these will be hybrids, five more plug-in hybrids, five pure electric battery. For 2020 Kia also promises a car with a fuel cell.
2019 Kia Niro EV Concept
The operating system of the 2019 Kia Niro EV concept is likely to look similarly far into the future. Air conditioning and infotainment system are controlled by a touchscreen in the steering wheel. The driver can “log in” by voice or face recognition and thus activate his personal vehicle settings. Amazon Web Services served as a partner for the development of the system.
A new sound system called “Separate sound Control system” will also be used in future production models of Kia. Eight loudspeakers are integrated into the headrests and allow the occupants to listen to their own entertainment program at the front and rear. Disturbing sounds from one of the two sound zones are to be neutralized in the other by noise-canceling.
With the presentation of the 2019 Kia Niro EV concept, Kia is also concreting plans for the further development of autonomous driving. From 2019, the manufacturer intends to carry out fleet tests on public roads. In 2021, cars will be on the road as part of a “smart city” pilot project on autonomy level 4. For the time being only in cities whose infrastructure is appropriately equipped.