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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #375 on: May 04, 2018, 01:35:09 pm »

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Kia Takes The Wraps Off[color=green] Niro Electric SUV[/color][/size]

May 4th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

The automotive world is crazy for sport utility vehicles. But as of this moment, there are almost no electric SUV offerings available other than the Tesla Model X. Jaguar says its I-Pace electric SUV will be available soon. Porsche is working on a variant of the Mission E called the Cross Turismo. But when it comes to an electric SUV that the average drivers can afford, there just aren’t any outside of China.

Kia Niro Electric SUV

At the CES 2018 show, Kia showed off a battery-powered concept of the Niro, which is already available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Now Kia has released the first official photos of the Niro Electric SUV, which will go on sale in Korea later this year before becoming available in Europe and  North America next year. It will be featured at the Paris auto show this September.

The Kia Niro Electric will offer customers two battery options — a 64 kWh version with 380 kilometers of range and a 32 kWh version with 240 kilometers of range. The smaller battery option will be more affordable and should suit the daily driving needs of most people. Pricing for both versions has not yet been announced.
While the company’s press release goes on at some length about its chunky steel wheels and sporty alloy wheels, the real news for EV aficionados is that the battery used is a lithium polymer unit. Lithium polymer replaces the liquid electrolyte used in conventional lithium ion batteries with a polymer gel. Such batteries typically offer more power per kilogram. While no details about the battery in the Niro Electric are available at this time, the lithium polymer battery used in the Kia Soul Electric is sourced from SK Innovation and has an energy density of 200 watt-hours per kilogram.

Tesla fans will be happy to see the front end treatment of the Niro Electric looks similar to the clean, modern look pioneered by Tesla. There was a time when the grille was the most important design feature of a car. A few years from now, cars with grilles will start to look a bit odd.

The look of the Niro Electric is a collaboration between the Kia design studio in California and the company’s principal design studio in Namyang, Korea. The finished product is just as appealing as the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the car.

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