Kia unveils new Niro EV at Busan International Motor Show

Kia has unveiled its newest electric car – the Niro EV.

The latest powertrain for the Niro crossover was revealed at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show, in Korea.

The Niro EV has an impressive range of 450km. It will be equipped with a high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and, plugged into a 100kW fast charger, it takes 54 minutes to recharge the battery to 80 per cent.

Buyers will also be to specify their Niro EV with an optional 39.2kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, with a range of up to 300km from a single charge.

The latest model allows for long-distance driving with zero-emissions. Buyers will also benefit from a range of EV-exclusive in-car technologies, new safety features, and design that helps it stand-out on the road.

Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe, said: “The Soul EV – Kia’s first globally-sold electric vehicle – has proved popular with European buyers, with growing interest in zero-emissions vehicles. The Niro’s new all-electric powertrain rounds off a trio of low-emissions powertrains available to European buyers, alongside the current hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

“A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 28,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, making it one of our best-selling models. The Niro EV further demonstrates the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving.”

The Niro EV will go on sale in Korea later this year, and will be introduced to other markets – including Europe – in due course. Kia has revealed that prices, specification and on-sale date for the UK will be announced soon too.

Jack Healy


June 8, 2018

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