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Kia Niro EV shows brand's electric future

Kia Niro EV shows brand's electric future

The design you see here is the work of Kia's design studio in Korea, and is based on the current road-going Niro.

Kia has unveiled its plans for the future of mobility at CES 2018, aiming to have autonomous cars in cities by 2021 and 16 electric cars in its range by 2025. "Virtual reality, self-driving cars and "vehicle-to-everything" connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future, but as they rapidly become reality, Kia is exploring how to deploy these new technologies for its customers". A compact SUV that's fully electric, it's been designed with aerodynamic slipperiness in mind, though also serves as a test bed for some of Kia's other technologies in progress.

At the now on-going Consumer Electronic Show, Kia introduced the Niro EV Concept.

The 2019 Niro EV will likely retain the smooth panel that replaces the brand's familiar "tiger nose" grille. "By 2025, we will offer a total of 16 advanced powertrain vehicles, with five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV", Kia Motors Vice Chairman and Head of Kia R&D Center, Woong-chul Yang said in a statement. That panel is created to display information like the battery's charge level.

A combo of front view cameras, "object recognition tech" and front speakers basically sound an alert specifically at the pedestrian in question, warning them of the car's presence.

Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018
Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors.

Kia also envisages face and voice recognition being used in preference to a traditional key.

Interestingly, Kia says the concept "draws inspiration from" the existing Niro, though it looks pretty close indeed to us. A powerful 150-kW (204-hp) electric motor is fed by a high-capacity 64-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, allowing the Niro EV Concept a driving range of 238 miles (383 kilometers).

Consider the Niro EV Kia's signal to get into the plug-in mainstream when the toned down production version goes on sale in the second half of 2018.

Kia's human machine interface supports face and voice recognition that allows the vehicle to recognize who's piloting it, and then adjust the settings to their programmed preferences. Kia says it'll start that process in Europe, offering one-way trips rather than demanding the vehicle be returned to the same starting point.





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