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All-Electric Kia Niro EV Coming With 238-Mile Range
We have some exciting exclusive news out of Korea, and it has to do with the upcoming electric version of the Kia Niro.
In addition, we have information about when it might land in the US.
It’s no secret that Kia are looking to expand their eco-friendly offerings in the US, and it now looks as though the new Niro EV will be hitting this side of the pond in late 2018.
The addition of this model will take the number of models in the Niro family to 3:
- Niro hybrid
- Niro plug-in hybrid
- Niro EV
The addition of the all electric model would mean that Kia would be the first automaker to have a pair of different all-electric compact cars available, with the Soul EV being the other.
The powertrain of the Niro EV is no secret (anymore), as it will share the same one used in the upcoming Hyundai Kona EV.
That means we will see a 192-hp motor and a 64-kwh battery pack under the hood, with a 238-mile range delivered on a full charge.
The Niro EV will feature a 100-kw fast charger that will get the battery to an 80% charge in about 20 minutes.
Owners will also be able to charge the vehicle using a standard electrical outlet, but it will of course take longer.
There are many consumers also wanting to know if the upcoming 2019 Kia Niro EV will offer AWD. Well, it won’t, unfortunately.
We would all love to see the all-wheel-drive system in the electric Niro, but it simply won’t make it. That would significantly increase the cost of the vehicle.