Kia has this week revealed the all-electric Niro EV concept car at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Developed under the brand’s new ‘Boundless for all’ philosophy, the design study aims to show off a number of new technologies that are in turn rooted in Kia’s new ‘ACE’ strategy, which is an acronym for Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric.
These three elements lie at the heart of what the Korean manufacturer says is its vision for future personal transportation.
For example, Kia plans to commercialise Level 4 autonomous driving technology as early as 2021, while it also aims to make every single model a connected car by 2030.
Simultaneously, under the Eco/Electric pillar, the company is aiming to introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by the year 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, as well as an all-new fuel-cell electric vehicle in 2020.
The Niro EV unveiled at this year’s CES, meanwhile, is powered by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, paired with a 150 kW electric motor. With a claimed driving range of 238 miles, it previews a compact SUV model that is set to go on sale towards the end of this year.
In addition to revealing the Niro EV, Kia has also announced plans to roll-out its ‘WiBLE’ car-sharing service – launched in Korea in 2017 – to new regions from 2018, starting with Europe.