Kia Niro EV

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Specs:

Range – 380 kms long range version
Range – 240 kms short range version
Acceleration – 0 to 100kph around 7.8 secs
Top Speed – to be confirmed
Cargo Space – 451L
Seats – 5 adults

Pure Electric
Fast Charge – 80% in 54 mins (long range version)
Power Pack – Long range 64-kWh lithium-polymer
Power Pack – Short range 39.2-kWh lithium-polymer
Drivetrain – Front wheel drive
Single Speed constant ratio drive

Price: Around AUD $40,000

Full Specs Not Yet Available

In Brief

The Kia Niro EV was designed in California so it has a certain west coast feel about it. Full details are still a bit sketchy at this stage. The vehicle is due for release in South Korea in the second half of 2018 with other markets to follow shortly thereafter (caveat: depending on battery availability). Dubbed a Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) the Niro made it’s debut at CES in January. It is Kia’s second fully electric vehicle after the popular but range limited Kia Soul. Word is the Niro EV could be in Australia by the end of 2018 with a price tag around $40k. It will certainly be a serious competitor for its sister company’s Hyundai Kona EV and it would seem to have better rear passenger room. The vehicle sports as standard forward-collision warning, forward-collision-avoidance assist, smart cruise control with stop/start and Level 2 autonomous-vehicle-rated lane-keeping assist. Kia is certainly capable of delivering high quality vehicles and we’re excited at the idea of this particular model being in Australia in the short term with a price tag that will make it extremely compelling in relation to the Renault Zoe, Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Kona and the Tesla Model 3.