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Kia May Launch All-Electric Stinger EV In 2020 (Q&A)

Is there an all-electric Kia Stinger EV in the pipeline?

Kia may only just have unveiled their new sports sedan, the 2018 Stinger, but there is already talk of an electric version of the vehicle.

An all-electric Kia Stinger model would be released to compete with the upcoming Tesla model 3, but as of yet, no timeline has been put forward as to when all of this might happen.

Kia Stinger EV release date

The talk of the battery-powered Kia Stinger EV comes from a reliable source: Spencer Cho of Kia’s overseas marketing department.

Kia Stinger Electric Vehicle News & RumorsIn talking to Auto Express, he mentioned that the platform used on the Stinger would be able to handle a full electric powertrain.

Realistically, it would likely be 2020 before such a model saw the light of day, and even then, it would only happen if the Stinger was a sales success.

That’s no slam dunk, as this model, which rides on a platform used by Genesis, is a bold move for Kia.

Interestingly enough, Genesis have already revealed plans to have an all-electric model on the market by 2018, and Kia will likely be watching the performance of that model, as well as that of the Stinger.

All-electric Kia Stinger Q&A

When could Kia release the all-electric Stinger GT?

Don’t expect to see an EV version of the Stinger anytime soon, as we are realistically looking at a release on either late 2019 or early 2020. It takes some time to fully develop an all-electric model, which makes this timeframe seem reasonable.

Electric cars like Stinger EV?

By the time 2020 rolls around, the EV segment should be beginning to really grow.

Getting the Stinger EV out before then would mean that there would not yet be a lot of competition.

One thing to remember is that the Tesla Model 3, along with its 400,000 pre-orders, will be on the market when the Stinger EV arrives, but that should be about it for competition.

That alone would give Kia a real competitive advantage.

What will be the Kia Stinger EV driving range on a single charge?

It’s a little too early to make that sort of guess, but we would imagine that a goal of 300+ miles on a single charge would be something that Kia should strive for.

The Tesla Model 3 will be in that range, although it should be noted that the base model will have a range of 215 miles.

Performance, AWD to be available?

It would not be a surprise to see an AWD option for the Stinger EV, as well as improved performance over what the gas model is able to deliver. In short, that would mean that the EV would be able to go from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds.

5 thoughts on “Kia May Launch All-Electric Stinger EV In 2020 (Q&A)

  1. Some thoughts:
    1. How much range wanted by EV drivers will fully satisfy them?
    2. A level 3 charging network (50-80% in 20 minutes) is vital.
    3. Plug-free inductive charge parking for homes will be desirable.
    4. Don’t make a “me too” Tesla competitor. Next K900, be big!
    5. Improve the Soul EV with a full floor battery, more power.
    6. Don’t produce too many. EV sales are still weak. Resale value is low.
    7. Tesla’s business looks to be unsustainable. Plan accordingly.

  2. Atm, the next release plas for the stinger is a plug-in version. That’ll probably be a guinea pig to test if a fully electric ev model would find customers.

  3. Regarding a plug-in, the Chevrolet Volt immediately comes to mind. But, a good friend, and smart guy that I talk cars with often, doesn’t mnemonically retain that it can continue on the gas engine after the battery runs down.

    There is still much market confusion. A sensible sub-label would help. Something such as: b38/g

    I have a second point. Sport driving cars carrying heavy batteries will lose on handling. Tesla’s awd launch wows people, but they are heavy cars. BMW’s i8 and i3 are good attempts, but overplay with sophistication or ‘green appeal’.

    Good goals for a plug in Stinger are powerful AWD motors, a strong gen-set for mountain climbing, and battery-only range of no more than 30 miles.

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