Kia first unveiled the Niro EV at CES, and since then, car enthusiasts have been wondering just how much heavy-featured this electric crossover would be. According to The Verge, the company on Friday finally revealed the first details of the vehicle’s production. It is safe to say that it has been toned down in most aspects but for a positive reason.
The Niro EV made its debut on the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo held in Jeju, Korea. Apart from the flashy show car add-ons, the vehicle’s style is akin to both the CES concept and the ever popular standard Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrids.
Kia said that the Niro EV will utilize a 64 kWh battery pack, giving it enough power to run 280 miles – and this is done on a single charge only (450 km). Hyundai’s Kona EV, which has a separate 39.2 kWh pack, is only capable of 186 miles on a charge. Considering these estimates, there is no doubt the vehicle will step closer to the 238 miles which were promised during the CES. It is worth noting that during the event the Niro EV was tested by the EPA.
Considering the vehicle’s battery power, it is definitely lower on the more pessimistic US cycle. However, it also suggests that the original 238-mile range estimate may simply be a conservative notion.
The Niro EV is also similar to the Kona Electric in terms of battery option, as they both have the 64 kWh battery pack. The two even have a lower-cost 39.2 kWh battery option, and it is already capable of 236 miles of range as per WLTP test cycle. There is a possibility, however, that the American market will only get the 64 kWh battery option unless stated otherwise by Kia.
Apparently, though, Kia has not mentioned anything about the Niro EV’s performance. Enthusiasts believe that it could be playing around 201HP and a torque power of 291lb/ft. It is also possible that its performance specs are a little bit closer – or, at least, at par – to that of the Kona Electric. It may also have the same 201-horsepower electric motor, a feature equipped with the said Hyundai vehicle.
Kia has yet to announce a date for the announcement of Niro EV’s performance details, though the car manufacturer is looking to launch the vehicle sometime in September. The said month is just ahead of the highly-celebrated Paris Motor Show, which is a perfect time and event to reveal a brand new vehicle.
Like its performance, Niro EV’s price also remains to be seen. But considering the promises it is trying to achieve, its price is likely to be competitive with that of the Bolt EV. The latter has a starting price of $37,495. It is also possible for Kia’s vehicle to go as relatively affordable as any other electric crossovers.
It is definitely interesting to see Kia emerge as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of EVs. When it launched its first Soul EV in 2014, the company managed to set a global sales target of at least 5,000 units. When 2018 came, Kia once again achieved the same figure, and this is thanks to the upcoming Niro EV, which acquired the number in three days.
There are references suggesting that Kia will most likely price Niro EV similar to the Kona EV as mentioned. Besides, both cars are going to be priced in the same bracket. It is a matter of time before the market knows the concerned figures. From there, car enthusiasts can only hope for the electric crossover to deliver its promise and purpose.