The Kia Niro EV Concept is just that: a not-quite-production version of what an all-electric version of the Niro Hybrid would look like. Meanwhile, an all-new fuel cell vehicle is slated to be launched by 2020. The new Niro EV Concept is expected to be able to cover up to 238 miles (383 kilometers) on a single charge.
When it commences production in the second half of 2019, Kia plans to produce a compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market.
Kia has a lot to talk about at this year's CES, and one of the biggest announcements is the claimed range on its Niro EV concept. Revisions to reflect its new powertrain type include the lack of a traditional front grille - replaced by an interactive panel that displays text or graphics.
Kia didn't reveal a lot about the Niro EV Concept's "next-generation electric powertrain", beyond saying it used "new production technologies earmarked for near-future EVs from Kia" and that the 64-kwh battery was "paired with a powerful 150-kilowatt [200-horsepower] electric motor".
A new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) builds on the now-de-rigeur combination of front-facing cameras by throwing in object recognition software and speakers mounted at the front of the Niro EV Concept. Instead, the Kia Niro EV is created to address several problems that have put off many potential battery-car buyers: range and charging times.
The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors. For example, the Niro EV Concept could theoretically limit its maximum power if it recognized a teen driver behind the wheel. That's been running in South Korea since last year, but later this year will be expanded to new regions too.
Along with the concept vehicle reveal, Kia Motors also presented its "Boundless for all" vision, which paints a future with infinite transportation and mobility opportunities.
Should the system detect a pedestrian or cyclist crossing in front of the auto, the speakers sound an alert targeted specifically at that person, warning them of the car's presence. 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.