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Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES

10 January 2018

The Korean firm's new ACE strategy, unveiled at the CES technology event in Las Vegas, USA, is built around three pillars: Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric.

Kia claims the compact Niro EV will have a driving range of 383 kilometres thanks to a 64 kWh battery which powers the 150kW electric motor. Kia hasn't given any specific timeline on when the Niro EV will go into production, but we expect a late 2018 arrival.

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Since it doesn't have an engine to cool, the all-electric Niro has an interactive display panel instead of the grille you see on other Niros. This panel is flanked by slim headlights, while the rear gets 3D-effect taillights.

The Niro EV concept's interior is considerably different from that of today's production vehicle, with a "pure, minimalist, and digital" look and broad, smooth surfaces in a horizontal layout. This security feature was developed with Amazon Web Services, and disables many functions if the driver fails the identifications process. At the rear, the Niro EV Concept features slim LED taillights, as well as sharp trailing edges that allow air to flow more smoothly off the back of the vehicle. An array of eight speakers and noise-cancellation technology create two sound zones in the vehicle, and the technology was developed in-house.

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A new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) builds on the now-de-rigeur combination of front-facing cameras by throwing in object recognition software and speakers mounted at the front of the Niro EV Concept. There are cameras and speakers mounted on the front of the auto. This in turn is part of an interactive lighting system used in urban environments for visual communication with other users and pedestrians.

"By 2025, we will offer a total of 16 advanced powertrain vehicles, with five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass-market FCEV". Of those vehicles, five will be new hybrids, another five will be plug-in hybrids, and one will be a fuel-cell electric vehicle. Dr Woong-chul Yung, the head of Kia's R&D centre, called it a manifesto "where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the infinite value that future mobility will bring".

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Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES