Kia Niro EV Spotted Testing Alongside The Kona Electric
Nov 6, 2017  Michael Gauthier

Niro Spied

The Kia Niro [
] has been a surprise hit for the company as it has been outselling the
Hyundai Ioniq by nearly 3 to 1 [
] in the United States. The crossover's appeal is expected to grow in the
future as Kia is putting the finishing touches on the Niro EV.

Set to debut early next year, the Niro EV closely resembles the standard
model but it has apparently been equipped with a unique front fascia and
repositioned fog lights. The model also appears to have a modified rear
bumper but it's hard to be certain underneath all that camouflage. Of
course, one of the more noticeable changes is the revised grille which
features a charging port.

Little is known about the model but previous reports [
] have suggested the Niro will borrow its powertrain from the Ioniq Electric
]. The latter vehicle features an electric motor that develops 118 hp (88
kW) and 218 lb-ft (295 Nm) of torque. It is powered by a 28 kWh battery
which enables the car to have an EPA-estimated range of 124 miles (199 km).

However, it is interesting to note the vehicle was spied testing alongside
the Kona EV  [
] which is slated to debut next year with a range in excess of 240 miles
(386 km).
[© 2017 Carscoop & Carscoops]
All-Electric Kia Niro Spied for the First Time
Nov 06, 2017  Spy photographers have caught the Kia Niro EV testing on
public roadways for the first time. Testing alongside the all-electric
version of the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Niro EV is expected to make its debut
sometime in 2018, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show. The two crossovers are
part of Hyundai and Kia’s plan to add more electrified vehicles to their
lineups. ...
Hyundai and Kia are both coming out with new all-electric SUVs next year,
but in low volumes
Oct. 27th 2017  Fred Lambert

Hyundai kona
kia niro

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia want to step up their EV game with new
vehicles next year, but they are being very careful about their production
capacity, according to a new report.

Hyundai is having a lot of success with the all-electric version of the
Ioniq EV, as we anticipated in our review.

The vehicle is the first significant all-electric effort from the automaker,
aside from the Kia Soul EV from its subsidiary – though that vehicle was a
compliance car based on an existing model.

Now they want to keep their momentum with two new small electric SUVs coming
out next year.

Hyundai is reportedly planning a battery-powered version of the Kona ... and
Kia is launching its own electric version on the Niro ...

The vehicles will reportedly be equipped with a 50 kWh battery pack, which
could bring their range close to 200 miles on a single charge.

They are expected to launch at a price point of about 35,000 euros

Now Business Korea reports based on unnamed industry sources that the
automakers plan low production volumes for those vehicles:

    “According to industry sources on October 23, Hyundai Motor and Kia
Motors set their annual production of the Kona EV and the Niro EV to be
launched next year at 18,600 and 21,000, respectively. The figures grew 38
percent and 66 percent, respectively, compared to their earlier plans last

While this is being presented as a significant increase in EV production
capacity for the Korean automakers, we are still talking about relatively
low volumes.

But the total numbers are starting to get up there between all the models in
their slowly growing EV lineup.

In total, with the Ioniq EV, Soul EV and their upcoming new models, Hyundai
and Kia are expected to produce 100,000 electric vehicles in 2018.

It’s still a fraction of what other automakers like Tesla, Nissan, or GM,
plan to produce next year, but it’s significant for Hyundai when you
consider where they were in the EV space just one year ago.

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