Kia Niro EV Concept gives CES hints of 2025's 16 EV plan

CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range
Kia Niro EV Concept gives CES hints of 2025's 16 EV plan
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10 January, 2018

South Korean automaker, Kia Motors which will enter the Indian market by 2019, today said it plans to bring 16 electrified vehicles globally by 2025, including a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020. Like its sister brand, Kia proposes a variety of electric, hydrogen and autonomous vehicles.

Kia debuted different cockpits demonstrating technology for the Niro EV concept.

As you can tell most of the interactions with the car's system are done via touchscreen, although you can even "login" to the vehicle using face and voice recognition. "Boundless for all" represents a future in which a vehicle can be so much more than the sum of its parts", said Yang. Of those vehicles, five will be new hybrids, another five will be plug-in hybrids, and one will be a fuel-cell electric vehicle.

It's well known that a battery-electric version of the Kia Niro will join the lineup soon, completing a range that now comprises the Niro Hybrid and the recently launched plug-in hybrid. The system is front-facing cameras, object recognition technology and speakers mounted on the face of the vehicle.

If the auto detects a pedestrian or cyclist in front of it, it issues a warning aimed at alerting them to the presence of the silent electric vehicle.

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 auto.

Kia Niro EV concept 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
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As mention at the start, Kia's "ACE" strategy involves three components, where autonomous involves the company planning to commercialise Level 4 autonomous driving technology.

The Niro EV concept is a nice follow-up to the Soul EV, which is rated at 111 miles of range. The all-electric Niro will use the same lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the Ioniq Electric, which provides an on-paper range of 174 miles.

Kia also wants to adopt connected vehicle technologies across every segment in its range by 2025.

The Kia Niro EV Concept features a number of advanced driver assistance systems, though not all will make it into the production model, notably its prototype autonomous driving capabilities.

Before that, meanwhile, there'll be an expansion of Kia's WiBLE vehicle sharing service.

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