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Kia Niro EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show

The Kia Niro EV boasts a 450-km driving range

Kia has revealed the new all-electric Niro EV at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea.

The compact crossover features a zero-emission powertrain and has a range of 450 km (280 miles). This range compares well with other EVs, with only certain Tesla models beating it.

Chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe Emilio Herrera said: “The Soul EV – Kia’s first globally-sold electric vehicle – has proved popular with European buyers, with growing interest in zero-emissions vehicles.

“The Niro’s new all-electric powertrain rounds off a trio of low-emissions powertrains available to European buyers, alongside the current hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 28,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, making it one of our best-selling models.

“The Niro EV further demonstrates the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving.”

In Europe, the Niro EV will be equipped with a high-capacity 64-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which will provide the 450-km driving range on a single charge.

Plugged into a 100-kW fast charger, Kia expects it will take 54 minutes to recharge 80% of the Niro EV’s battery. Buyers will also be able to specify their Niro EV with an optional 39.2-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which preliminary tests suggest gives it a range of up to 300 km from a single charge.

Power is provided to the front wheels through a 150-kW (204 ps) motor, producing 395 Nm of torque from a standstill, enabling the Niro EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 7.8 seconds.

The Niro’s 7.0-inch touchscreen HMI (Human-Machine Interface) has been updated to offer a series of EV-specific features. The new infotainment system enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of charge and range remaining from the battery pack.

The instrument cluster enables the driver to check driving and EV powertrain information on-the-move.

The Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018, and will be introduced to other markets in due course.

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