KIA NIRO EV TAKES AIM AT CHEVY BOLT
Kia unveiled its new all-electric version of the Niro at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea last month. Inspired by Kia’s “Clean and High-tech” design ethos, the Niro EV features an interesting take on what used to be the radiator grille and front air intake, accentuated by the arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. The Niro EV is powered by the Korean manufacturer’s next-gen electric vehicle powertrain that uses production technologies developed specifically for Kia EVs. Equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the Niro EV is targeting a class-leading range of over 380 km on a single charge, or up to 240 km when paired with the smaller 39.2 kWh battery pack. Kia has committed to launch 16 electrified vehicle models globally by 2025, of which the Niro EV will have its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. This leggy crossover will likely go on sale in Korea towards the end of the year, with other markets to follow early in 2019.