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Buying a KIA EV? wattEV2buy explore KIA EV models, sales, and the latest news and unpack the KIA electric car strategy. Based in Seoul, South Korea, KIA is the country’s second-largest vehicle manufacturer. In the early 80’s the company partnered with Ford to manufacturer various Mazda‘s models for the local, Australian and American markets. Hyundai Motor Company bought into the company in the late 1990’s at which point Ford disinvested. KIA identified Europe as a key focus market in 2005 with the appointment of a European Chief Design Officer. The company also increased market share in the USA and its USA operations; KIA Motors America opened a production facility in Westpoint Georgia. The company is expanding its production base through a 300,000 car a year factory in Pesqueria, Mexico.

A late entrant to the electric vehicle market, using the opportunity to learn from the hard lessons of its peers. Trying to leapfrog to the front of the market the company, with its parent Hyundai, announced an aggressive plan to introduce 26 Clean Mobility vehicles by 2020. Lagging the market created challenges for the duo as specialized engineers remain difficult to find. The company’s first all-electric car is the SOUL EV. Market acceptance of the SOUL EV even surprised the top management. Due to this unexpected uptake, the SOUL was released into more markets beyond the initial 5 State plan. Capitalizing on its battery partner, LG-Chem’s position as the leading battery manufacturer the Group would be able to provide longer range all pure electric cars in the near future. The company announced in 2016 that it would focus more on Hydrogen Vehicles as a future technology.


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Week 3 2020 Hyundai & KIA invest in British start-up to develop commercial EVs

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation furthered its clean mobility strategy through strategic investment of €100 million in a new partnership with the British autonomous EV startup, Arrival.


KIA and Hyundai expect to enter the market for small and medium-sized commercial EVs to supply logistics, ride-hailing, and shuttle service companies by using Arrival's modular electric platform. The strategic investment is in the form of a partnership where Hyundai contributes 80% and KIA 20% of the total investment.


Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division for Hyundai Motor Group, said: “Through the joint development of electric commercial vehicles with Arrival, we will be able to gain a competitive advantage and progressively establish our leadership in the global eco-friendly vehicle market, with Europe at the forefront.”


Arrival’s CEO and founder, the Russian entrepreneur Denis Sverdlov added: “Arrival has created a game changing product category - Generation 2.0 electric vehicles. Hyundai and Kia have been making amazing vehicles with uncompromising quality and share our vision for an electric mobility future. Our Strategic Partnership with Hyundai and Kia means we will scale Generation 2 electric vehicles globally and importantly - in the very near future.”

Week 24 2018 Kia unveil KIA Niro CUV EV

KIA unveiled the Niro pure electric EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea this week. The KIA Niro CUV EV and sister company Hyundai with the Hyundai Kona EV currently has the only pure electric CUVs in the (Western) market. The Niro EV differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features including redesigned intakes; new arrowhead shaped LED daytime running lights and “tiger nose.”

The inside of the Niro EV includes technologies that complement its zero-emissions powertrain and modern features. Different than the PHEV and Hybrid Niro, the BEV version’s dashboard features a light blue trim, and the center console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector in the form of a ‘dial’-style shift knob, a first for KIA. The Niro EV features a new mood lighting system. Occupants can choose from six colors – white, grey, bronze, red, green, and blue. The 7.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) remains at the center of the dashboard but has been updated to offer a series of EV-specific features. Most importantly the range of the short and long-range versions is slightly more than indicated in the digital launch in March, with the long-range version reaching 400km (250miles) and the short-range model 300km / 186 miles. For more specs and some other surprises related to the Niro EV click here.

Week 1 2018 Kia to unveil new EV concept at CES 2018eil KIA Niro CUV EV

KIA unveiled the Niro pure electric EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea this week. The KIA Niro CUV EV and sister company Hyundai with the Hyundai Kona EV currently has the only pure electric CUVs in the (Western) market. The Niro EV differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features including redesigned intakes; new arrowhead shaped LED daytime running lights and “tiger nose.”

The inside of the Niro EV includes technologies that complement its zero-emissions powertrain and modern features. Different than the PHEV and Hybrid Niro, the BEV version’s dashboard features a light blue trim, and the center console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector in the form of a ‘dial’-style shift knob, a first for KIA. The Niro EV features a new mood lighting system. Occupants can choose from six colors – white, grey, bronze, red, green, and blue. The 7.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) remains at the center of the dashboard but has been updated to offer a series of EV-specific features. Most importantly the range of the short and long-range versions is slightly more than indicated in the digital launch in March, with the long-range version reaching 400km (250miles) and the short-range model 300km / 186 miles. For more specs and some other surprises related to the Niro EV click here.

Week 35 2017 Kia JV in China announces EV line-up

Kia‘s Chinese partnership with Dongfeng, Dongfeng Yueda, announced this week that it would produce three pure electric and two plug-in hybrid models by 2020. The Korean due, Kia and its sister company Hyundai has experienced a drastic decline in sales and profits over the last year and have been behind most of their peers in bringing EVs to the fast-growing Chinese electric vehicle market.

Week 34 2017 Kia testing V2X systems for self-driving cars

According to the Korea Post Hyundai and it’s sister company Kia is testing V2X technology in partnership with the City if Hwaseong on a 14km section of road to test V2X (Vehicle to everything) systems. V2X technology is where the vehicle communicates on a real-time basis with the road on which it travels and includes traffic signals, other road users such a pedestrians and other vehicles.

Week 15 2017 Kia to bring a Stonic BEV in 2018

Kia announced that it will bring a pure electric version of the new KIA Stonic in 2018. The Stonic EV will use the same platform as the Hyundai Ionic, which is also expected to get a bigger battery next year. The Stonic EV will have the Hyundai Ioniq’s 88kW electric motor and a battery of around 44kWH providing a range of reaching 300km.

Week 7 2017 Kia to add a Niro BEV to the PHEV and Hybrid line-up

Kia announced that it will bring a pure electric version of the new KIA Niro in 2018. The Niro PHEV will hit the market from April 2017 with the Niro BEV expected to be released early 2018. The Nio EV will use the same platform as the Hyundai Ionic.

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