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Kia Plans 16 New Electrified Vehicles by 2025

10 January 2018

"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". The auto is likely to run on the same EV setup that is on the IONIQ EV so you can expect a similar performance with the vehicle from Kia.

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". "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility". Speaking of which, an all-new, hydrogen-powered vehicle will appear in 2020, says Kia. Up front, the traditional grille is replaced with an interactive display panel. The lights have been shrunk down, courtesy of new ultra-slim lamps.

Kia Niro EV concept
While the concept showcases some tech still in the early stages of development the styling previews the production Niro EV due later this year

The profile draws inspiration from the current Kia Niro, with a similar window line and wide C-pillar, as well as an elevated body. If the system spots a pedestrian or cyclist, it can fire off an alarm sound targeted specifically at that person. Instead, the Kia Niro EV is created to address several problems that have put off many potential battery-car buyers: range and charging times.

Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the auto, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior. Apparently one example of the touch controls is on a leather-wrapped section of the Niro EV steering wheel. While Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to "log-in" to their cars in the future. The company says it's equipped with a 150kW electric motor, along with a 64kWh battery pack.

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Kia Plans 16 New Electrified Vehicles by 2025