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Kia Niro EV Set to Deliver Tesla-Like Range

10 January 2018, 01:08 | Dawn Berry

SUPPLIED Kia's compact Niro EV concept will have a driving range of 383 kilometres

Kia's compact Niro EV concept will have a driving range of 383 kilometres

Along with the concept auto reveal, Kia Motors also presented its "Boundless for all" vision, which paints a future with infinite transportation and mobility opportunities.

If that 238-mile figure sounds familiar, it's because that's the rated range of the 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV-the longest-range affordable electric auto you can drive out of a dealership today.

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? The new vehicles include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, plus a new fuel-cell electric vehicle in 2020.

Kia's best-selling model in overseas markets was the Sportage compact SUV with 415,558 units sold. There are cameras and speakers mounted on the front of the vehicle.

Going back to the Niro EV Concept, it can clearly be seen that the concept shares a lot of styling similarities with the standard Niro crossover.

Well, we can understand this decision from Kia because there is not much to say about the performance of the Niro EV. Kia says the current powertrain found here utilizes new production technology which will be applied to other near-future vehicles.

Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to'log-in to their cars in the future
SUPPLIED Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to 'log-in' to their cars in the future

Finally, Kia is showing off some other interesting technologies at CES, many of which will be demonstrated in interactive Niro EV concept interiors. The interactive display panel which replaced the grille, meanwhile, can be used to flash up messages. The all-electric Niro will use the same lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the Ioniq Electric, which provides an on-paper range of 174 miles.

Kia also showcased a world first in-vehicle 5G connection at the show, with a real-time connection between Las Vegas and the firm's head office in Seoul, South Korea.

"Virtual reality, self-driving cars and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future".

He further said, the FCEV is due for launch in 2020 and "will spearhead Kia's efforts to realise a zero-emission future for mobility".

Alongside its new technologies, Kia has revealed plans to roll-out its "WiBLE" car-sharing service - launched in Korea past year - to new regions from 2018, starting with Europe.

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