Kia Niro EV concept with 238-mile range debuts at 2018 CES

10 January, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

The concept is part of Kia's strategy to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020.

On its global driverless vehicles programme, the company said, "Kia aims to commercialise Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities from 2021 with a new Smart City pilot project".

Given the largely silent nature of the electric powertrain, the Niro EV Concept comes with new technologies to enhance safety for pedestrians. "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", said Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center. Kia says it could also use the system to boost passenger comfort in future production cars.

Kia announced that it will unveil 16 new advanced powertrain cars by 2025. That fuel-cell vehicle is due to come out in 2020.

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.

Another cockpit showcases a feature that allows rear passengers to listen to different music from front passengers, made possible by noise-cancellation technology creating two separate zones in the vehicle.

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Kia's compact Niro EV concept will have a driving range of 383 kilometres. There are cameras and speakers mounted on the front of the vehicle.

The auto also features an Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) that relies on front-view cameras, object recognition and front speakers.

Kia will display three different cockpit designs that show how their technologies can be adapted by future vehicles. For example, the Niro EV Concept could theoretically limit its maximum power if it recognized a teen driver behind the wheel. Energy is provided by a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, paired with a powerful 150 kW electric motor, the company says.

"Virtual reality, self-driving cars and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future".

Alongside its new technologies, Kia has revealed plans to roll-out its "WiBLE" car-sharing service - launched in Korea previous year - to new regions from 2018, starting with Europe.

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