Is The 2019 Kia Niro EV A True Game Changer? Video

FEB 5 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 35

Oh, how we wish Kia and Hyundai would plan for wide-scale availability.

Every time we see another review about the 2019 Kia Niro EV, we’re more excited about the electric crossover and the future of Kia and Hyundai. Redline Reviews joins the growing list of publications to expose the Niro’s excellence and significance. The channel host says the Niro EV offers all the range of a much more expensive Tesla. However, it doesn’t have the polarizing facade of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Kia is launching two new all-electric products in the near future. The second release is the completely redesigned 2020 Kia Soul EV, which is much like the Niro EV in many ways. With two new EVs coming from Kia — not to mention the Hyundai Kona EV — you should have no problem getting your hands on one, right?

Wrong. Sadly, while these Korean battery-electric crossovers impress one publication after another, the automakers don’t plan to produce them in large quantities. In addition, the gang of mini-SUVs will only be available in a handful of U.S. states. We can be hopeful that as time goes on, the situation will change. Batteries are expensive and in limited supply, which makes EV production cost-prohibitive. It seems Kia and Hyundai are playing their cards right with smaller production in these early stages.

Check out the video to learn what Redline Reviews has to share about the upcoming Niro EV. Then, leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via Redline Reviews on YouTube:

2019 Kia Niro EV – The Game Changing EV?

#Kia is no stranger to electric cars and Soul EV was a pretty impressive offering a few years ago. Unfortunately, its limited 111 mile range was extremely limiting. For 2019, Kia has significantly beefed up the battery capacity and the electric motor, this is the all-new #NiroEV. With nearly 240 miles of range on a full charge and nearly 300 ft-lbs of instant #EV torque, it promises to offer all the range of a more pricey Tesla, without the strange looks of the Chevrolet Bolt. Put one on your test drive list if you’re looking to kick gas and make the EV switch. The car goes on sale in late February and will be sold in 12 states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. #KiaNiroEV

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Yes, the vehicle looks great, but if there is not enough profit to be made by Kia, then they won’t sell many, and it won’t really matter much.

A “game changer” can only happen when there are enough built to effect the game. Simply building a nice EV at a reasonable price isn’t enough if only a small number are for sale.

It has always been my opinion that Tesla would finally face serious competition when automakers subsidized EVs from gas car profits. Sadly, no automaker has stepped forward to actually build enough EVs to make a difference. Sure, we have subsidies from automakers, but automakers are only willing to do so with a relative handful of EVs,

The corollary is that automakers have so far been unwilling to back EVs to the point where they are competitive with Tesla’s battery juggernaut. Maybe VW will be the one, but to date, every other EV on the planet is a money loser (or such a low profit effort as to not count). And no automaker has been willing to build enough money losers to make a difference.

I’m not really worried about that – Kia/Hyundai simply doesn’t have access to enough batteries to satisfy the potential demand. Battery costs are dropping, they have some good vehicles coming online, I’m sure they are looking ahead and making plans to source batteries on a larger scale in the near future.

While I wish this vehicle was 50 state available they are doing a better job than most automakers, and I have confidence they will get there in the next 2 to 4 years. That is really not that long, even though we all want it to happen today:)

“…they are doing a better job than most automakers….”

I beg to differ. Hyundai and Kia have shown no desire to sell their cars beyond compliance levels in the U.S. And from what I have read concerning deliveries of the Niro and Kona EVs to the U.S., those deliveries aren’t going to change. In six months we will know for sure, but the info from Kia and Hyundai points to very limited deliveries.

I guess we could confirm that Kia and Hyundai at least are SELLING EVs. That’s better than Ford, and the second tier manufacturers.

I agreed with everything you said until I saw “VW” …

“not enough profit to be made by Kia”
And you know that for sure?

Unless you have confidential access to Kia or Hyundai balance sheets on EVs, I’d wager that neither of us knows anything one way or the other. But it doesn’t take a genius to understand that the only automaker making money off of EVs is Tesla. According to experts, battery pricing from LG and others have not reached a point where profits can be made on EVs sold at less than $50K. I really shouldn’t need to explain this.

How else can Kia and Hyundai’s limited sales of their earlier EVs be explained? Battery supply is one consideration, but if LG and others have such huge demand, one would think LG would be building greater manufacturing capability than they are.

If they were making a good profit on their EVs, why wouldn’t they make more available to sell? They didn’t do it with their prior EVs, and based on comments they made about the E-Niro so far, there is no indication that they are trying to sell large amounts of it either.

Great entries into the EV space, but as having to share designs with an ICE platform really goes to show how compromised they are vs what could have been with a greenfield EV design.

Really? What are the big compromises? No frunk? BFD. What else?

You sound like you love your Home Made EV Conversion! Mine had no Frunk either!

Just for starters the ICE design is less efficient as it is designed to let air flow in to cool the engine. Efficiency is a measure on lots of levels, why is there a transmission tunnel hump in the EV? So there you have less efficient use of internal space.
While you might not appreciate a frunk yet, I imagine in 10yrs when frunks are normal then anything without a frunk will not be considered.
Anyway, I think a green field EV will always be more efficient than a conversion.

This looks interesting. I find many reviewers fail to acknowledge the one pedal driving of the Bolt. It slows down much faster than the Tesla, yet isn’t commented on. Probably because it’s been around now for years. The larger size and comfort of the Niro is a welcome improvement. Availability? We will see.

This is the new shiny. It’s really not that much, if any better than the Bolt, but there is nothing new to talk about with the Bolt and I guess there won’t be for years to come. The best thing about the Niro and Kona is, it gives this blog something to post that isn’t Tesla. Without these products from Hyundai, this would just be another Tesla fan sight with most of it being repetitive Model 3 articles.

GM dumping the Volt, when instead the could ADD a Wagon Variant, about a Foot+ longer, and go up to a 24 kWh Battery for it!

My 2010 ICE Kia Soul, from 2010, I like better than the new Gas One, that they “Redesigned” with a big jump in the way, between the Front Seats, and also made it into the EV! I hated that bulky “Storage Bin” in the Way of me putting on my seatbelt, in the 2004 Prius I Had, and still hate it in the Newer Soul, EV or Not!

While the 2020 Soul EV, with only the 64 kWh Battery for the US will be among the new Range Leaders, range per charge is but one metric for which to make a buying decision on! There are other basic Vehicle things, to consider! Like the Souls So Short space, length wise, Behind the back seats!

The parts that are better than the Bolt are adaptive cruise control, rain sensing wipers, and much more comfortable seats. I don’t think it has the 360 parking camera or wide angle rear view mirror camera our Bolt has though, which are nice. It doesn’t do one pedal driving as well as the Bolt — but adaptive cruise control with full stop and go? Yeah, I’d take me some of that.

I have a 2018 PHEV Niro and can report outstanding seats and general overall ergonomics (they hired the big dog Audi engineer!) and the adaptive cruise control works superbly.

Regarding one-pedal driving. It’s something you have to live with for a while to appreciate. People whom I have let drive my car are turned off by it at first. It’s weird and new. But boy once you get used to it, it is game changing! Driving in city traffic (or any stop-and-go) is a breeze. Getting through busy parking lots (with cars backing up without looking pedestrians everywhere, etc) is much more controlled. It just makes driving so much nicer in many otherwise tedious situations. But most reviewers don’t drive test cars in those situations. They take them out on the open road for an afternoon and that’s about it.

I completely agree on the one-pedal driving in the Bolt. It took me a day to get used to it, but I can’t imagine going back. It’s a joy to drive.

You can’t adjust that? Look up regen control or whatever it is under your EV. They would b near alone not to have it as everyone else does.
Personally I don’t like it as I can get 10%+ range without it.
Too much regen wastes 50% of the energy each time. Just coasting, steady speeds by having more space and driving so you rarely brake with the car in front and only using regen on the first part of the brake peddle, is the most efficient way.

Consumer Reports disagrees with your observation. (And I’m more inclined to trust a scientific analysis than the seat-of-your pants one.) CR states that the Model 3 measures 310 miles range with the regenerative braking set to Low and 350 miles of range with the regen set to high or “Standard.” CR measures these tests with precision.

And, BTW, it is possible to “coast” with any EV simply by becoming proficient with the accelerator pedal. You aren’t “wasting energy” by using the full regen. To the contrary, you are using your inefficient friction brakes each time you decide to dial back the regen.

In an update around October, the Model 3 regen was increased. Have you driven a Model 3 since then? You can now bring the Model 3 to a stop up to about 6 mph. Then you use the brake pedal.

Also on sale in Canada, eh?😉

So tired of what should be a five minute review dragging out on an on with nothing but blather….everything he said is old rehashed nothing that was covered 6 months ago.

The first review of anything you see is probably going to tell you 90% of everything there is to tell. Sounds like you need to stop watching reviews after that first one so then you are not disappointed in the lack of new details or bored endlessly by the same information.
Maybe people who watch this person’s channel haven’t seen the Kia reviews elsewhere, so this could be their first review of it, and therefore they are getting their first 90% of information about it.

Limited production ICE conversions with compliance as their main mission are not game changers. The (battery)tech seems solid though, great range and efficiency, next gen Hyundai/Kia dedicated EV platforms could really make a splash.

Remember, both the Kona and the Niro were originally designed with electrification in mind…
The idea was that eventually there would be electric versions of them…

But the compliance issue remains. Hyundai and Kia have no desire to build enough of these vehicles to make a difference. Look at the Soul and Ioniq for examples. These vehicles are the automaker equivalent to dipping one’s toe in the water.

The current Soul and Ioniq have small batteries. The fact that the Kona, Niro, and new Soul have 64kWh batteries is a sign that they are getting more serious.

Or simply offering battery sizes that get plenty of press coverage. The ONLY thing that will convince me that Kia and Hyundai are serious will be when sales exceed 40K for the specific model (Soul EV, Kona EV, etc.) for the calendar year. I’ll give them until August to produce numbers that don’t indicate a bait and switch.

Wonderful compliance car. Maybe they’ll produce more than Ford did with the Focus EV.

Nice review! That guy is clearly impressed and he leaves no doubt he knows what he is talking about. Model 3 driver and all.

Redline is my favorite car reviewer. He is definitely a performance oriented driver, so seeing him find a little joy in driving the car is a great sign to me (someone who pays a lot of attention to 0-60 times)

I would love to buy my wife a Kia Niro EV, to replace her aging Sorrento. She’s not totally thrilled with the EV version, since my Leaf has already given her range anxiety. Also, it seems to have a lot less room than her Sorrento. But, the range and performance for the price are hard to pass up. I hope they roll it out in big numbers in the near future.

I hope they can produce big numbers, too. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.