Kia Niro EV Concept makes its debut at 2018 CES

CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

That includes what Kia calls a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain, a unique human-machine interface and a brand-new "motion graphic" lighting system. Kia expects that to be sufficient for around 238 miles of range. Designers also installed new headlights, a sportier front bumper, and a redesigned rear end with "clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the vehicle". Meanwhile, an all-new fuel cell vehicle is slated to be launched by 2020.

Kia's best-selling model in overseas markets was the Sportage compact SUV with 415,558 units sold.

To differentiate it from the standard Niro hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid, the EV Concept replaces the standard grille with an interactive display and slim LED lights. Kia says the current powertrain found here utilizes new production technology which will be applied to other near-future vehicles.

Kia Motors Corporation has announced its December 2017 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 226,842 units sold.

The battery pack will power a 150 kilowatt electric motor. There's also a safety system with cameras to detect pedestrians or cyclists and an external speaker to warn them if they don't hear the Niro EV approaching.


Kia's interactive "Beyond autonomous driving" exhibits combine existing and future technologies to outline the company's plans for vehicle autonomy and mobility, supported by the introduction of upcoming autonomous drive technologies. As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to adapt these new technologies for its customers. It will commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities starting from 2021 as part of a pilot project.

This Niro electric version is another step toward bringing to fruition Kia's ambitious plan to market 16 hybrid or electric vehicles by 2025, including a hydrogen-fueled auto in 2020.

The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.

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

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