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4 Hyundai-Kia Electric Cars To Go On Sale By 2019
Sister companies Hyundai and Kia have set a goal of becoming the second largest makers of eco-friendly cars by the year 2020.
It’s a move that will see the Koreans deliver a number of new hybrid cars, plug-in hybrids and EV models over the next few years.
It’s going to be a tough goal to reach, but they are off to a fast start, with 4 long-range electric vehicles in development, all of which will hit the market by 2018 or 2019.
It is those 4 electric cars from Kia and Hyundai that we are going to focus on in this news article.
Four Hyundai-Kia EVs currently in development
- Kia Niro EV
- Kia Soul EV
- Hyundai Ioniq EV
- Hyundai Kona EV
Hyundai Kona EV (all-new model)
The gas-powered version of the Kona received its global release earlier this month, and Hyundai reps confirmed that the EV version is already in the works.
The Kona EV should be out sometime in 2018, and rumor has it that it will come with a range of around 240 miles.
If that number I to be believed, then we also need to believe the rumor that the Kona electric vehicle will come equipped with a 60 kWh battery located under the floor.
Sources close to the South Korean carmaker claim that Hyundai are releasing the electric version of the Kona to go head to head with the Chevy Bolt, which currently has a 238-mile range.
Being able to surpass that range, even if only by a couple of miles, will give Hyundai an edge in the battle.
Hyundai Ioniq EV (upgraded, possible facelift)
The Ioniq is unique in that it comes with a trio of different powertrains: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV.
The currently available Ioniq EV comes with an official 128-mile range, and is the most efficient model in the electric car segment.
The Ioniq EV has only been on sale for about a year, but we have already heard of rumors that Hyundai has been working on some major upgrades to the car.
Those rumors suggest that a larger battery is coming, which of course would mean an increase in the driving range.
There has been no official word on that new battery and the range that it would deliver, but the rumors are that the new battery would be in the 44-50 kWh ball park (or possibly even 60 kWh), with the new driving range set at close to 200 miles.
The second half of 2018 is when we can expect to see the new longer range Ioniq EV.
Kia Niro EV (upgraded, possible facelift)
We have written extensively about the Kia Niro here at the Kia-world news blog, so most of you are probably already aware that it rides on the same platform as the Ioniq, giving it the option of multiple powertrains.
The hybrid and PHEV versions are already on the market, with the EV model set for release in 2018.
It stands to reason that since the Niro and Ioniq share a platform, they will also share the same battery.
Despite these common traits, the Niro has a higher drag coefficient due to its crossover design, which will result in a slightly shorter driving range.
That range will still be high enough to make the model competitive in the EV segment.
The all-new Niro EV should arrive in the second half of 2018.
Kia Soul EV (next-generation model)
The Soul EV holds the distinction of being the longest running nameplate among Korean EV models, debuting back in 2015.
Production numbers come in around 5,000-10,000 units per year, so while it has not been a huge sales success, the Soul EV has proven that the Koreans can make great electric cars!
The technology used in the Soul EV is on a par with other compact electric models, but with a smaller battery, it comes up a little short in driving range.
The latest battery used for the 2018 model year went up to 30 kWh from 28, and while that did mean some extra range, it still falls short of the newer EV models released from Tesla, Chevy and Renault.
The Soul is almost at the end of its 5-year life cycle, which means a new generation will be rolled out in the near future.
The likeliest release dates for the next generation Kia Soul would be late 2018 or early 2019, with the new Soul EV model coming shortly after that.
The 2019 version will ride on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona EV, which would mean space for a much larger battery.
The result of that would be a very large increase on the current driving range, which could well put the 2019 Kia Soul EV up around the 240 mile mark.