KIA NIRO EV TAKES AIM AT CHEVY BOLT

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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.

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