Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas

Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas

Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas

While it's pretty much similar to a regular Niro on the outside, small differences mark it out as an EV.

Kia has unveiled its plans for the future of mobility at CES 2018, aiming to have autonomous cars in cities by 2021 and 16 electric cars in its range by 2025. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", said Vice Chairman Yang. With its 150kW electric motor, the concept boasts a range of 238 miles.

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.

In terms of mechanical credentials, the Niro EV Concept comes with a ready for production series high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack hooked to a single 150 kW motor - and Kia mentions the powertrain is part of a next-generation unit that will be used in the near future for series produced vehicles. To counteract its quietness, speakers sound an alert to passengers who are crossing in front of the auto, while lights provide an additional warning. Instead, the Kia Niro EV is created to address several problems that have put off many potential battery-car buyers: range and charging times. Of those vehicles, five will be new hybrids, another five will be plug-in hybrids, and one will be a fuel-cell electric vehicle.

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

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. For example, the Niro EV Concept could theoretically limit its maximum power if it recognized a teen driver behind the wheel. The safety system uses cameras to monitor for objects and is fitted with speakers to alert people who might be in the vehicle's way.

Kia's human machine interface supports face and voice recognition that allows the vehicle to recognize who's piloting it, and then adjust the settings to their programmed preferences.

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