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

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

Along with the concept auto reveal, Kia Motors also presented its "Boundless for all" vision, which paints a future with infinite transportation and mobility opportunities.

Late to the "eco" party, Kia is rushing to catch up, revealing the new member of its Niro family during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

To sum it all up, Kia's mobility promise includes three parts: autonomous driving, connected cars that will communicate with each other to improve road safety, and electrification through the use of either hybrid, lithium-ion or hydrogen fuel cell technologies. A compact SUV that's fully electric, it's been designed with aerodynamic slipperiness in mind, though also serves as a test bed for some of Kia's other technologies in progress. To counteract its quietness, speakers sound an alert to passengers who are crossing in front of the auto, while lights provide an additional warning.

The Niro EV is seemingly created to show what's possible in Kia's electric future, so don't expect the auto as shown to make it to market.

Kia say the Niro EV Concept is a showcase for its new ACE strategy (that's Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric), but strip away some of the concept bits and this is the production Niro EV.

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

The Niro also debuts a new pedestrian warning system to counteract its silent propulsion that utilises cameras, object recognition and speakers to sound a warning the individual of the car's presence. As part of a new Active Pedestrian Warning System, the Niro EV Concept can visually and audibly alert pedestrians or cyclists if the vehicle detects they might come in its path. Kia says it will start Level 4 autonomous vehicle testing in 2021. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility".

Like much of the Korean carmaker's current line-up, the new EV features stand-out styling - while not opting for the sci-fi look that many competitors have adopted for their own battery-based models.

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

Kia has said before that the Niro will mirror the Hyundai IONIQ closely and this points to the development of a pure EV variant.



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