The 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show is underway and Kia has put their best foot forward with their much anticipated Niro EV concept. Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Kia R&D Center, gave us a preview of what’s to come in the production model during his presentation yesterday.
Dreamed up by those employed at Kia’s design studio in South Korea, the Niro EV features an unexpected exterior design. Perhaps the production model will look like the two other Niro variants already on sale, or it could take on some of the concept’s design elements. Maybe the EV will be missing a grille as engine cooling is no longer necessary, though we doubt it’ll be replaced by an interactive display panel showing messages.
Design aside, what really stood out to us in his presentation was the Niro Ev’s performance. Sporting a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor that’s powered by a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the concept has an estimated driving range of 238 miles. What’s more, in just 30 minutes it can charge more than 150 miles of range. That’s more range than what the standard Tesla Model 3 offers.
“‘Boundless for all’ is Kia’s future vision – where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the infinite value that future mobility will bring”, said Yang. From what we’ve seen in their press release, the Niro EV is certainly a step in the right direction.