By 2030, Kia Will Have Full Lineup Of Connected, Autonomous, Electric Vehicles

4 weeks ago by Jeff Perez 14

Kia Niro EV Concept

EVs are a main part of the equation, naturally.

Like most automakers, Kia has its own vision of the future. With a plan to introduce an entire model range of connected cars by the year 2030, and at least 16 electrified vehicles by the year 2025 (with either hybrid, EV, or FCEV power,) Kia’s “ACE” strategy aims to be the next big step for the marque.

Kia Soul EV

With three highlighted areas of focus: autonomous, connected, and eco/electric – thus the acronym, “ACE” – Kia hopes to commercialize level 4 autonomous driving tech by 2021. It also plans to introduce “Smart City” autonomous vehicle testing in the same year.

Connected services, meanwhile, will see every Kia vehicle across the range adopt the technology, with an aim to make ever single model a connected car by the year 2030. It nearly goes without saying that these autonomous and connected vehicles will be equipped with eco/electric powertrains, similar to the Niro EV concept, which is also making its debut in Vegas.

The entire Kia CES exhibit will be centered around “Beyond Autonomous Driving,” where visitors can interact with Kia’s developing autonomous drive technologies via a virtual reality simulator. Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of the Kia R&D center, says that it’s a “new kind of mobility experience.”

“Virtual reality, self-driving cars, and ‘vehicle-to-everything’ connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future,” said Yang. “As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to deploy these new technologies for its customers. Our strategy and vision for future mobility is demonstrated by a range of interactive displays, showing what our customers can look forward to.”

Alongside Kia’s “ACE” initiative, the company will roll out its new WiBLE car-sharing service in Europe in 2018. The service initially debuted in Korea in 2017, but should be “widely accessible” in certain European markets by late in the year. WiBLE will focus on transportation in urban areas, and will include access to vehicles like the Soul EV, the Niro hybrid, and a few unnamed larger vehicles.

WiBLE is accessed via a smartphone app, and each car comes with Kia’s suite of driver safety systems, helping customers get to and fro without much fuss. Officially European locations for the WiBLE service will be announced later in 2018.

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14 responses to "By 2030, Kia Will Have Full Lineup Of Connected, Autonomous, Electric Vehicles"

  1. vvk says:

    Promises, promises. They need these cars yesterday. What they have is a 100 mile Soul EV and a 6 year late start.

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      They don’t need full lineup neither yesterday nor now. 60% of US market are trucks and SUVs, electric cars are tiny niche propelled by government mandate.

      Once they will (hopefully) have better & cheaper battery technology in 2030, full lineup will make more sense.

      1. Pinewold says:

        Sure as long as they don’t mind loosing 90% of their market share to competitors who have already committed to much more aggressive timelines!

      2. Nick says:

        Haha! I’ll bet many buggy whip makers received similar advice as Ford was ramping up Model T production.

        Beware the prognostication of shorts. 🙂

      3. Don Zenga says:

        140 billion gallons of gasoline is consumed every year by the light duty vehicles with another 60 billion gallons of diesel by heavy duty vehicles.

        Do you expect automakers to skip this 140 billion gallons component.

        Oil prices has crossed $70/barrel and the gas prices are increasing, soon the EV sales will take off like a rocket.

        And BTW, 15 billion gallons out of 140 billion gallons is actually Ethanol.

        1. AndyW says:

          Not to forget that there are subsidies also involved with the gasoline prices. So its not so black and white.

  2. Don Zenga says:

    Stop talking about 2030, first talk about 2020.

    At least we can be happy that the Plugin versions of both Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq has gone on sale recently.

  3. AnonyMouse says:

    Like Toyota, Hyundai firmly believes in the future of hydrogen FCVs:

    Hydrogen cars to be cheaper than EVs by 2030, says Hyundai

    “HYUNDAI predicts 2030 will be the tipping point when hydrogen powered cars achieve price parity with EVs and begin to enjoy mass-market sales penetration.”

    Hyundai’s perseverance with hydrogen as a fuel of the future has seen some experts criticise the company’s lagging EV development, though the VP of Hyundai’s eco technology centre, Kisang Lee, told Wheels hydrogen remains the most viable fuel source for the future due to its long range, zero emissions and fast refuelling times.”

    “‘The ultimate goal in the eco-friendly vehicle is hydrogen,’ said Lee. ‘We are doing pure electric vehicles, but we are prepared for hydrogen to be the next future. Around 2030 the system cost of hydrogen can be more comfortable for pure electric vehicles.’”

    . . .

    “‘In the long term these two technologies can be co-existing. In [situations that require] big distances, hydrogen can be a big benefit, but in a city where distances are less than 100km, EVs are very beneficial.’”

    https://www.wheelsmag.com.au/news/1801/hydrogen-cars-to-be-cheaper-than-evs-by-2030-says-hyundai

    Hyundai also firmly believes in the performance potential of hydrogen FCVs:

    “Hyundai N exploring hydrogen performance cars”

    “IT SEEMS hydrogen fuel cell vehicles mightn’t just be about saving the environment.”

    Hyundai has expressed an interest in the strong performance potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology, with the boss of the company’s expanding N division, Albert Biermann, saying a hardcore, track-focused hydrogen car is a possibility.”

    “Speaking to Wheels at the Detroit motor show, Biermann said his team is already exploring the performance potential of hydrogen drivetrains, though admitted the programme is still in its infancy.”

    “Biermann says that while electric powertrains are the N division’s focus in the short term, hydrogen is a more logical alternative for the future.”

    “‘Hydrogen is just a matter of time,’ he said. ‘The time will come when people [will] understand, ok, EVs [alone] won’t work. Now we are more looking into EV, but yes, hydrogen is definitely on the list.’”

    https://www.wheelsmag.com.au/news/1801/hyundai-n-exploring-hydrogen-performance-cars

  4. Get Real says:

    Leave it to anti-EV trolls and Big Oil/Fool Cell shills zzzzz and his little mouse to hijack yet another thread to push their paymasters’ FUD.

    In any case despite their lying FUD, PEVs have already surpassed 5% of California light vehicle sales and with Model 3 ramp they should get to 10%-ish in the next year or two so they are set for rapid future growth.

    On the other hand, those very rare and wildly expensive and impractical fool cell cars will die as soon as their lavish subsidies are withdrawn.

    1. AnonyMouse says:

      I find it troubling that the mental institution in which you’re currently confined to allows its mental patients to have internet access.

      Get Real, what were you like before you became a Big Oil conspiracy nut? If I had to guess, I’d say you dressed up as and fully believed that you were Napoleon, and even talked with a French accent. Am I right?

  5. Get Real says:

    As usual, you are wrong on everything.

    Why don’t you go find a fool cell internet board somewhere to espouse your anti-PEV viewpoints.

    After all, with about 3000 fool cell vehicles in CA there must be a board with single-digit members somewhere.

    1. AnonyMouse says:

      Get Real,
      Why do you never hit the reply button in the comment that you’re replying to? Do you have some sort of mental problem or are you just dumb?

  6. AndyW says:

    The problem with hydrogen is some what the same as with gasoline. You need electricity to make it and the you need mechanism to make it energy again.
    Hydrogen:
    Generated electricity –> hydrogen –> transformed to kinetic/electric energy –> power to wheels

    Electricity:
    Generated electricity –> power to the wheels

    And note that the fuel storage part is left out from both of these in this line of thinking.

  7. Get Real says:

    And this is what the shills and trolls conveniently ignore as they push this highly inefficient distraction from true electrification.

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