Kia Niro EV goes on sale in Korea, Europe end-2018

Kia Niro EV goes on sale in Korea, Europe end-2018

The Kia Niro EV goes on sale today in South Korea following over 5,000 pre-orders in its domestic market since order books opened in February.

A close cousin of the Hyundai Kona EV that was unveiled in February, the Niro EV sits alongside the existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the B-segment crossover, of which more than 200,000 units have been sold globally since 2016. Of the total, 65,000 units were sold in Europe, where the Niro EV will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, ahead of a year-end market launch.

Kia’s second global electric car after the Soul EV is powered by a 204 PS/395 Nm motor, juiced by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. It’s capable of a 450 km range on a single charge, and recharging to 80% via a 100 kW fast charger takes 54 minutes. A less powerful, more affordable version uses a 39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery for a 300 km range – it will be available later.

Kia Niro EV goes on sale in Korea, Europe end-2018

The Niro EV does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.8 seconds, and Kia says that it’s a stable and enjoyable drive, thanks to a low centre of gravity. The battery pack is located low down in the body, beneath the boot floor. Boot space is a decent 451 litres.

On the outside, the EV is differentiated from its hybrid and plug-in hybrid sisters through a blanked-out grille incorporating the charging port flap, as well as redesigned air intakes with light blue highlights and arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. The blue highlights extend to the reprofiled rear bumpers, while sportier side skirts and new 17-inch alloy wheels complete the look.

Inside, the Niro EV’s features the same blue accents as the exterior, while the design of the centre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire dial-style shift knob. On the safety front, the EV retains all of the features of other Niro models, including frontal collision avoidance assist (FCA), lane keeping assist (LKA), smart cruise control (SCC), driver attention warning (DAW) and back collision warning (BCW).

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Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Albert Yong on Jul 21, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Many European countries already confirmed no more petrol/diesel cars by 2040. All cars will be EV

    London confirmed no more petrol cars by 2030. That is only 11 more years.

    Yet in Malaysia, Proton does not even have 10 year old Hybrid technology, whatmore EV

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      Hahahaha! P2 EV bila? Hybrid habuk pun tarak! Double hahahaha!

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      • 12yrsold john on Jul 23, 2018 at 12:11 pm

        Claiming P1 Iriz have a 300km range does NOT mean there is a P1 EV for sale or on the road john. Please show if there is one for sale or on the road.
        Yes, the article said this Iriz will be available by 2017 buy its now 2018. This has nothing to do with P2 as we all know P2 is successful in rebadging & selling.

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        • Nobody was claiming it was for sale but the tech is there ready for production when theres demand, r u dreaming again? Lets see what ur overlord has to say about EV for the masses

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          • 12yrsold john on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:23 pm

            Thanks for confirming P1 EV is just a waste of $$$(for show only)

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          • Nope. Its there as development for potential comercialisation. The point of P1 EV project is to keep ahead of the curve. If u dunno what this means, then u dunno what is R&D or perhaps ur definition of R&D is just redesigning bumper and where to stick the P2 logo.

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