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Kia Niro BEV

Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:43 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y__pprqMcIo

Let's give the Kia Niro BEV its own thread.

If Kia can produce a BEV with the same high quality as its other vehicles, about the same size of the LEAF, but with the about the same range and efficiency of the smaller Bolt, I think many buyers will find it very attractive.

Especially if the Niro price undercuts both Nissan and GM...

It will hit the market "later this year" according to the concept intro below:

KIA presents Niro EV Concept with 238 Miles Range | CES 2018


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJbkNo3LGM

Kia Niro EV concept at CES: 238 miles of range from 64-kwh battery

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.

Most observers had assumed the Niro EV would use the same underpinnings as its corporate sibling the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, just as the pair of hybrids does.

But perhaps not.

Kia said Monday the Niro EV Concept on display at the Consumer Electronics Show uses an entirely new 64-kilowatt-hour battery pack—and would be rated at 238 miles of range.

It made the statement at the launch of the Kia Niro EV Concept at a press event held at the huge CES event in Las Vegas...

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/11 ... wh-battery

Please place comments on the PHEV Niro on its thread, below:

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (and BEV ?) CUV

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Re: Kia Niro BEV

Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:36 am

edatoakrun wrote:
If Kia can produce a BEV with the same high quality as its other vehicles, about the same size of the LEAF, but with the about the same range and efficiency of the smaller Bolt, I think many buyers will find it very attractive.


Well, they already make the Soul EV and it does exactly this (well, not range, but quality EV like their other ICE cars that buyers find attractive). The Niro is a second generation car for Kia, and looks like a nice step forward. Congratulations to Kia.
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Re: Kia Niro BEV

Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:50 pm

I went to a car show in town today hoping to see a new Leaf. Nissan didn't display one. My local dealer didn't have one. Since there were no Kias at the show and I've never seen a Niro in person I decided to drive to a Kia dealer.

One mile before it was another Nissan dealer and I decided to check them, and low and behold they had a new Leaf and I sat in it. I was pretty impressed,

I then went on to the Kia dealer and saw the Niro. It was just the regular Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid and electric are due out later. I liked it a lot. I liked the telescoping steering wheel gave me much more room than the Leaf.

If the EV Niro is a not a compliance car, and gets to market before the Leaf with a 200+ mile range, I might make the jump.
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Re: Kia Niro BEV

Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:33 am

The Soul EV is still having issues with pack degradation and onboard charger failures in the 2018 cars. Let's hope the Niro starts fresh. If there are no production test vehicles on the road now, then we won't be seeing the BEV Niro for sale until after Christmas, if then. Otherwise I'd be interested.
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Re: Kia Niro BEV

Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:39 am

Transparent A pillar is a great idea.

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Re: Kia Niro BEV

Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:17 pm

Range report from Korea:

JejuSoul:

The N iro EV went on sale yesterday in Korea...

Interesting to see the comparison with the two versions of the N iro EV against the K ona EV

N iro EV LE 64kWh - 380km but K ona EV 64kWh - 490km
N iro EV ME 39.2kWh - 240km but K ona EV 39.2kWh - 300km

The K ona details are from here - https://www.hyundai.news/eu/feature/all ... -electric/

Those numbers for the K ona EV are not realistic. They are claimed to be WLTP. I have now seen the Korean range numbers for the 64kWh K ona.
They are 390km at 20C and 273 at -7C. Korean range numbers for the 64kWh N iro. are 380km at 20C and 270 at -7C.

http://www.mykiasoulev.com/forum/viewto ... c&start=30

IMO, the 20 C range ratings above will probably be pretty close to EPA combined, when and if both BEVs are available for sale in the USA.
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