Auto Shows Kia Niro EV concept claims 238 miles of range as Kia bets big on EVs, autonomy

16:41  10 january  2018
16:41  10 january  2018 Source:   Autoblog

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Kia has a lot to talk about at this year's CES, and one of the biggest announcements is the claimed range on its Niro EV concept . If the concept has any bearing on a future production Niro EV , it won't simply be a rebodied version of the Hyundai Ioniq EV , which has a 110- mile range .

But Kia says this Niro EV Concept showcases significant tech advances and a range of 238 miles — which would put it right up against the Chevrolet Bolt EV and better than a standard Tesla Model 3’s range .

Kia has a lot to talk about at this year's CES, and one of the biggest announcements is the claimed range on its Niro EV concept. If the concept has any bearing on a future production Niro EV, it won't simply be a rebodied version of the Hyundai Ioniq EV, which has a 110-mile range. Instead, Kia says the Niro EV concept has a range of 238 miles. Those in the know with EVs will recognize that this is the very same range as the Chevy Bolt EV. The range comes from a 64 kWh battery pack, and it supplies power to a 150 kW electric motor, which equates to 201 horsepower. Again, that's a dead ringer for the Bolt EV, which makes 200 horsepower. If these numbers all translate to production, Kia will have a serious EV contender.

Kia prepares electric Niro concept for CES 2018

  Kia prepares electric Niro concept for CES 2018 Its booth will also have concepts touting semiautonomy and an embedded 5G connection.Kia will unveil the Niro EV concept at the 2018 CES show in Las Vegas next week. While it's only a concept for now, Kia promises that it will preview "future mobility and technology strategies," so it's safe to assume that this concept could very well reach production, with its other innovations extending to models beyond the Niro in the near future.

Kia Niro EV concept claims 238 miles of range as Kia bets big on EVs , autonomy Kia has a lot to talk about at this year's CES, and one of the biggest announcements is the claimed range on its Niro EV concept .

Kia Niro EV Concept bows at CES 2018 with loads of tech, 238 miles of range . Penned by Kia 's design studio in South Korea, the Niro EV Concept features an aerodynamically-efficient body that's said to allow air to slip over, around, and beneath the vehicle.

Kia also made it clear that it's getting serious about electrified vehicles. It announced that by 2025, it will have 16 vehicles with some form of electrified powertrain. Of those vehicles, five will be new hybrids, another five will be plug-in hybrids, and one will be a fuel-cell electric vehicle. That fuel-cell car is due to come out in 2020.

a close up of a computer© Kia

Finally, Kia is showing off some other interesting technologies at CES, many of which will be demonstrated in interactive Niro EV concept interiors. A number of these technologies involve how occupants interact with the car, such as with facial and vocal recognition, and touch and gesture controls. Apparently one example of the touch controls is on a leather-wrapped section of the Niro EV steering wheel.

Possibly the most interesting and practical technology is dual-zone audio. Kia's system uses speakers in headrests along with active noise-cancelling to allow front-seat and back-seat passengers to listen to two different things simultaneously without disturbing the others, and without the use of headphones. This could be seriously attractive for families that fight over whether to listen to news or music. No timeline was given for when any of these technologies might reach production.

BMW Says It Will Be Able to Offer EVs with 435-Mile Range by 2021 .
As well as a production version of the i Vision Dynamics concept . Pictured above, was an evolution of the Vision Next 100 concept that BMW created to celebrate its 100th anniversary. We know it will be called the i4 when it goes into production, but BMW hasn't said when that will be or how the powertrain will differ. When we first saw , it promised a 373-mile range, a 120-mile top speed, and a 0-60 time of less than four seconds.This year, BMW will also spend even more money on research and development than it did in 2017.

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