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Kia To Launch All-Electric Niro EV With 110 Mile Range in 2017
We have some exciting exclusive news out of Korea, and it has to do with the upcoming Kia Niro, and 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 all-electric Niro will be hitting this side of the pond in 2017.
The addition of this model will take the number of models in the Niro family to 3: Niro hybrid, Niro plug-in hybrid, and Niro EV.
The addition of the EV would means 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 Hyundai Ioniq, which rides on the same platform as the Kia model.
That means we will see a 120-hp motor and a 28-kwh batter pack under the hood, with a 110-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.
We are well aware that the 110-mile range falls short of what other automakers are delivering, but changes are on the Horizon.
Hyundai plans on having an Ioniq EV with a 200-mile range by 2018, which would mean that the Kia Niro EV would achieve that at the same time.