Kia NZ charged up for 2019 EV Niro

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An all-elec­tric ver­sion of the Kia Niro SUV is ex­pected to drive at least 380 kilo­me­tres on a sin­gle charge. The Niro EV is pow­ered by Kia’s next-gen­er­a­tion elec­tric ve­hi­cle pow­er­train, us­ing new pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped for Kia elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Equipped with a high­ca­pac­ity 64 kwh lithium-poly­mer bat­tery pack, the Niro EV is tar­get­ing a zero-emis­sion range of over 380 kilo­me­tres on a sin­gle charge, or up to 240 kilo­me­tres when paired with an op­tional 39.2 kwh bat­tery sys­tem. Kia New Zealand has con­firmed it is in­ter­ested in bring­ing the new Niro EV into New Zealand to join the other two Niro mod­els al­ready on sale early next year. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion of the niro hy­brid and plug-in hy­brid mod­els lo­cally in March, Kia Mo­tors New Zealand says there is strong an­tic­i­pa­tion for the EV ver­sion. “The ac­cep­tance of the hy­brid and plug-in hy­brid niro mod­els by New Zealand buy­ers has been ex­cep­tional,” says Todd Mcdon­ald, gen­eral man­ager of Kia Mo­tors New Zealand. “There is a place in the reg­u­lar mar­ket for a well-de­signed SUV that de­liv­ers as­ton­ish­ingly low fuel con­sump­tion and we have ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion that de­mand will con­tinue to climb for all vari­ants of Niro.” The re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Kia’s de­sign cen­tres in Cal­i­for­nia and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV in­cor­po­rates the prac­ti­cal­ity and aes­thet­ics of a com­pact SUV with a sleek, aero­dy­namic body and sub­tly sculp­tured sur­faces. Kia will in­tro­duce the new Niro EV to its home mar­ket in Korea dur­ing the sec­ond half of 2018, with other mar­kets, in­clud­ing New Zealand, to fol­low in 2019.

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