All electric vehicles aren’t new to the Kia brand as they currently have the Soul EV. But the company may be trying to expand their EV lineup with an all-electric Niro.
Already sold with a mild hybrid powertrain, a plug-in variant is expected to follow and then a pure battery EV version after that. Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America, all but confirmed that one was in the works. When questioned about a full electric Niro by The Truth About Cars, he said “Stay tuned”.
Kia has already confirmed their plans to produce a plug-in hybrid with a larger battery pack and the company will be releasing an additional 20 models between the Niro launch and 2020. So far there’s confirmation that those 20 models will include a Stinger sports sedan and a new Rio, leaving plenty of room for a Niro EV.
Sharing the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq which already has a full electric model on showroom floors, Kia’s Niro can easily accommodate an EV powertrain. Depending on when the Niro EV is released, we may see it borrow the Ioniq EV's existing batteries.
The final decision that will determine the Niro EV’s future will probably be the hybrid and plug-in variants’ demand in the market.