Exclusive: Kia Reveals Details On Niro EV Launch & EV Aspirations

JAN 30 2019 BY BRADLEY BERMAN 159

First deliveries of the 239-mile crossover EV are due in late February. The Niro EV will be sold in a dozen states.

On the eve of our first drive of the Kia Niro EV, we sat down with the brand’s two product planners who work on electrification. We spoke in Santa Cruz, Calif. with Steve Kosowski, the manager of long-range strategy and planning at for Kia Motors America – and Garrett Ono, the manager of product strategy and regulatory compliance.

First things first: The Kia Niro EV, which is built at Kia’s Hwaseong plant, commenced production on Jan. 15. The first vehicles will arrive in the US in late February. The car will be sold in 12 states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

What’s over the horizon maybe 12 to 18 months away is a tsunami of 300-plus mile cars.

There’s no confirmed pricing on the Kia Niro EV, but company officials said that “you could make inferences” based on the Hyundai Kona Electric’s price, which starts at $36,450. “It’ll be very competitive,” said Kosowski.

2019 Kia Niro EV (Photos: Bradley Berman)

I asked them point-blank if the Niro EV would be produced in volumes only to meet California ZEV-compliance numbers. “We’re way beyond that,” said Koswoski. He said that Kia has plenty of zero-emissions credits and that it’s selling the car in Georgia, Texas, and Hawaii, which are not ZEV states. “Our plan for volume exceeds what we’re legally bound to sell,” he said.

At the same time, Koswoski said volume is globally constrained because Kia Motors America can’t get the desired allocation from the parent company. “The truth is that demand in other markets around the world is so strong,” he said. Kosowski explained that regulatory pressures, especially in Europe, dictate that countries such as Norway are a higher priority than the United States. “We have this conversation all the time with our leadership about how we need more cars.”

An Affordable Long-Range EV That’s a Legitimate Crossover

Kosowski and Ono believe that demand will be robust. “No other car will go 239 miles, carry as much stuff, and hold as many people at this price point,” said Koswoski.

Ono added that the design is accessible. “It’s not a space egg,” he said. “It’s really just like any other car.”
The Kia Niro EV’s closest competitor could very well be the 258-mile Hyundai Kona EV. But Kona is shorter with a 102.4-inch wheelbase – compared to Niro EV’s 106.3 length.

Both EVs have the same 19.2 cubic feet interior volume. But with the seats down, the Niro’s 54.5 cubes soundly beats the Kona with 45.8 cubic feet. The Niro has about four more inches of legroom. “There’s a delta that’s marketable,” said Kosowski.

The fundamental trade-off is more passenger and cargo room in exchange for 19 miles of range. The two vehicles are the only two true crossover EVs available at an affordable price. “Right now we have that space to ourselves,” said Kosowski. (While Chevy claims the Bolt is a crossover, it’s more like a high-riding compact.)

The all-electric Niro, Kona, and Soul share the same electric powertrain, with some slight modifications in the Niro’s transmission to handle the extra mass. SK Innovation provides the cells for Kia’s battery pack while LG Chem is Hyundai’s supplier.

The other competing model is the plug-in hybrid version of the Kia Niro, which currently offers 26 miles of all-electric range. Ono sees the Niro EV as the go-to electric car for the brand. “If you can afford it, you’re going straight to the EV,” said Ono. “It’s going to be the top of the Niro line-up in terms of price.” That provides another hint about the Niro EV’s price because the plug-in hybrid version starts at 28,500.

I asked if the next iteration of the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid will expand its 26 miles of all-electric range. “The short answer is yes,” said Kosowski. He said batteries and motors are getting better and cheaper every year.

The potentially more exciting news is the next iteration of Kia electric vehicles. They noted that 1.0-versions of electric vehicles, as they put it,  offered about 100 miles of range. The second-generation 2.0 electric cars, like the Niro EV, are beyond 200 miles. The 3.0 version of EVs, they said, will offer about 300 miles of range and ultra-fast charging.

“What’s over the horizon maybe 12 to 18 months away is a tsunami of 300-plus mile cars,” said Kosowski, referring to the entire auto industry, not only to Kia vehicles. But he hinted that Kia will be there as well. He said the company is “pouring billions” into electric mobility to reduce its carbon footprint. “Our leadership has big aspirations,” he said.

 

If you have plans to purchase a Kia Niro EV, come share your journey with other owners at the Kia Niro EV InsideEVs sub-forum.

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How many will be available in US? Will it be like Ioniq in that offered in many places, available in practically none? That will determine the actual post-haggling price.

He just said 12 states will get them first

Living in the California Bay Area, I’ve seen plenty of Leafs, Bolts, and Tesla’s but have not seen 1 Ionic yet.

It’s the same in Boise. Except many more Teslas than Bolts.

You probably haven’t noticed. I usually see them frequently here in the Tri-Valley

Right, the Ioniq has only been sold in the L.A. area…..all 345 in 2018. I expect that there won’t be deals on these, probably pay up or move on.

I’m in Ohio and saw a Hyundai Ioniq a few weeks ago. It was quite a shock to see that EV all way out here with CA plates. Ran into the owner a weeks later at a charger. He moved to Ohio from CA. He loved his Hyundai Ioniq, fwiw.

That’s what I was thinking. Buy it and then drive back

This is not a Ioniq

Will it be like the Ioniq EV, or will you actually be able to get them?
Answer:
At the same time, Koswoski said volume is globally constrained because Kia Motors America can’t get the desired allocation from the parent company.

If they were willing to build these in non-compliance quantities, they’d be able to satisfy demand. Wake me when they get around to actually selling these marvels.

“If they were willing to build these in non-compliance quantities”… I’m not sure the issue is desire to build the vehicles as much as a lack of batteries to allow for true mass production.

“Unwilling” and “unable” are the same result.

If they’re not willing to build the batteries (or find a source that can), then they’re not willing to build the vehicles. It’s a distinction without a difference.

Tesla gets a lot of love around here, despite their many warts, because they’re actually committed to selling EVs. The rest are just doing the minimum they can get by with. Even Leaf and Bolt are only made in tiny quantities.

Read the article. They are selling way more in Europe abd in their home market.

I don’t really know, but I suspect that the U.S. may be a less profitable market, especially for smaller vehicles, than many other countries. If they make the PHEV Niro with +/- 50 mile AER that would be the bomb.

“12 states will get them first”

One car allocated per state and 11 states already sold out? That’s pretty much Ioniq, hence my question of how many, not how many states.

They aren’t able to physically take orders yet. I have been discussing this car with my dealer for months because my SoulEV lease is up in March. It’s a nice car. Looked at the body of the plug in hybrid just to see it.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Our plan for volume exceeds what we’re legally bound to sell,”

That should tell you everything……….LMAO.

Initial availability will be low and dealers will be able to ask a premium the first year or so.

Bob Nickson likes: “…tsunami of 300-plus mile cars”.

me too, very exciting if true.

“…tsunami of 300-plus mile cars,” each selling dozens every month…

So many to choose from….lol.
Now i finally understand why ev sell numbers are so low…people get confused by too many choices and end up buying gassers instead.

HaHa! Thanks for a good laugh.

Tsunami of announcements is probably more accurate.

I’m really surprised Texas made the early distribution list. Texas is usually low on the list for EV rollouts. I guess Texas is moving up in the ranks of EV friendly states.

If they’re reading IEV, I suspect it’s due to your name. Good job.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Combination of ZEV and other mature BEV markets?

No Northern New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. Those are ZEV states, but I think there’s a Northeast credit pool, so don’t need to sell there. Also no Florida.

New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont only recently setup the coalition. It’s very likely that Kia has not become aware of the issue. Also, these states have next to no EV credit, usually just offsetting sales taxes if anything.

Also these states have a tiny population in absolute terms, and correspondingly a low number of EV (or ICE, for that matter) sales. Kia may have decided it’s not worth it yet to set up the dealer training, regional parts warehouse that would be needed, for a small number of sales.

WA lost the sales tax exemption EV incentives. Which was worth up to about $3200.

Just drive to Boston

No Colorado either and I believe we have the best state EV incentive in the country and our Governor just signed an Executive order that all but assures not only is our state required to meet the CARB emission standards (that’s in place) but also will have the ZEV mandate by I think May 2019.

They selling in Colorado

By Texas.. he probably means “Austin.”

Better than nothing. Some dealers are willing to move there cars to other cities. I did notice that the Niro PHEV was only available around Austin.

Yep… I have a Soul EV+ in Austin. I see others on the road. When my lease wraps up I’ll consider the Niro EV. I love my Soul but I’d like to be able to get to Houston or Dallas without stopping to charge.

Austin is awesome.

I would drive to Austin to buy an EV. You still get the $2,500 EV rebate no matter where you buy the car, as long as you buy it in Texas and you live in Texas. That puts a pretty big lasso around that pony.

BTW, when I bought my Ford Fusion Energi, the car was located in San Antonio but I actually bought it at a Fort Worth dealership. The Fort Worth dealership “traded” the car for another car they had on thier lot and didn’t charge me anything for transportation. I don’t know if a Kia dealership would work like this but I don’t see why not.

Fewer than 1400 of the 2000 available $2500 rebates in Texas for non-Tesla PEVs have been claimed so far. The application deadline is May 31.

TECQ still has about $3,400,000 left for rebates. Back in 2015 they did not meet the quantity limit before the deadline extension and they had money left over. I would be surprised if deadline isn’t extended like it was back in 2015 but they really need to fund this program on a year to year basis.

Do you have to be a Texas resident ?

Now I just need to know which Kia dealerships in Austin to talk to about what it would take to order one. None of the ones I’ve been too in the last few weeks have known anything about it, and didn’t seem very interested in ordering one. I’m concerned the price for these though will be more than 40k rather than closer to 35k.

I would argue the biggest competitor to the Niro and Kona is the Bolt which has more interior room, like mileage, better performance and available nationwide. It’s biggest downfall right now is the tax credit.

The Bolt also charges slower, Bjørn has shown us the Niro charging at 73kW. (Cold temperature charging needs to get solved, though! Use the battery heater Kia!)

Most chargers in US are 50 kW, and that won’t change in next 3 to 5 years. Bolt has battery heater, I suspect Kia will too if they have TMS.

There are lots of 150 and 350kW Electrify America chargers going in all over the country, right now.

“Lots” is relative. They haven’t a single one in SoCal.

They have one in Torrance, CA, that’s Southern California. I do agree on one thing though, the roll-out is far slower than it needs to be. Tesla deploys more rapid charging stalls in 3 months than EA has done in the almost 3 years they have been in operation…

The location in Torrance isn’t 150 kW.

It’s slower in CA since there’s other charging network in that state

There were early rumors and some evidence that the Bolt hardware could handle up to 80kW. GM seems to have limited the rate. But once 100kw+ is widely available and GM has some solid numbers to go by, they could possibly open up the charge rate and profile.

No they we say to buy the new bolt instead

Just try using one. Hope your credit card company will accept a $50 hold (maybe repeatedly) without blocking your card. I got 0kWh, even with a GreenLots staffer next to me as we spent 30 min. on phone with EA trying to get it to work. Others have reported surprisingly low charge rates. You will not get true 50kW to the car without a 150A charger since most EVs charge @ << 400V for most of charge curve.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

And slower charging, no available ACC and divisive seats.

What are divisive seats?

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Seats that many people hate enough not to buy the car.

Gave my BF back pain on the test drive

He should see a doctor. Problem isn’t Bolt seat if he got back pain from short test drive.

The seats on my Niro PHEV LX (base seats…manual controls) are every bit as good as a VW. VW/Audi is the absolute benchmark on seats. You can see/feel the Audi design guy’s touch all over the interior from an ergonomics perspective. Best hire Kia/Hyundai ever did.

Why when he’s a nurse

The Bolt’s interior was the one and only reason we didn’t purchase it. It’s terrible.

@theflew; the Bolt is smaller than the Leaf, and the Leaf is smaller than the Niro.

It wouldn’t be hard to beat Bolt availability. I haven’t been able to sit in one in Albuquerque/Santa Fe. One dealership listed two in stock. I went there – they were in transit. The salesman thought there was a used one in stock – had been sold. He then pulled his cellphone out of his pocket to take a phone call about problems with his credit card. I was honored that he returned my wave as I walked out.

Bolt is a compact car, Niro is much more usable in terms of trunk space. For example for a family that needs to transport a stroller, the Niro works, the Bolt doesn’t.
Also interior of the Niro is nicer.

Bolt will also be cheaper with various dealer incentives.

So their message is lease, and wait for gen 3 to buy…

Lol, maybe

You should probably lease any first gen “mass market” EV. Look at the resale value of 1st gen Leafs, I3s, Soul Evs etc.

Resale value was indicative of people’s initial hesitation about used electrics. That has changed and the values are holding far better than before.

There’s really only one question: “When do Hyundai and Kia expect to turn a meaningful profit on their EVs?” Because they openly admit that they don’t today – they’re barely above breakeven. And as long as they’re barely above breakeven, they’ll always be limited availability / limited volume.

The question in today’s world is not “Can you make an electric car?” Any random team of college engineering students (or gifted high schoolers) can do that. The question is, “Can you make a mass-market electric vehicle with a sustainable profit margin?”

It’s all about battery costs, and what their battery suppliers/partners can achieve over the next couple years.

However, to achieve battery costs reductions you need to order 200,000 batteries per year, not 20,000 (as an example). They keep missing this fact.

Exactly, which is why GM’s efforts were never enough. They designed a couple of great vehicles, but never committed their programs to be of sufficient size to drive down costs as much as is needed.

And a major reason for Tesla’s dominance in mid-high end EVs. Tesla has successfully scaled up production volumes to lower unit costs.

No! It’s because Tesla created a frenzy of excitement and was able to get people to sell thier souls to buy a Tesla.

Still clinging to your serial anti-Tesla trolling misconceptions I see.

How did they create a frenzy of excitement? Oh yeah, by building better cars than everyone else. How deceitful, to trick people into buying better cars.

I think it was all that advertising that did the trick. /s

That 20K/year is per model, not over the entirety of both companies. There’s Niro, Kona, Soul (which will get a 64kWh battery this year) and the Ioniq (which is also getting a battery increase), so that’s at least 80K, and there are sources saying H/K are trying very hard to get the battery suppliers to do 30K/year/model.
And of course, there are the various PHEVs: Sonata, Optima, Ioniq, Niro. And another article today says the Ceed PHEV is undergoing testing, and one 5 days ago disclosed a Kona PHEV ditto.

Of course they don’t miss that fact. They run a huge business with plenty of skilled business people. They also know that a skillfully managed supply chain is key to keeping cost down.

Sure, but if they produce 40,000 Niro EVs, and 40,000 Kona EVs, and 40,000 Soul EVs and they are all using the same batteries and motors and all the EV stuff, you are getting to the economy of scale. Not to mention the economy of scale by sharing much of the platform and components of the ICE variants of those same cars.

In the mid- to long-term view, the sustainable profit margin question is certainly very important. But in the short run, a company with the US market penetration and product lineup of H/K could be willing to buy market share by selling EVs at a razor-thin profit margin. A high portion of their $36K EV sales will be conquests and not cannibalizing their own ICEV sales. This is a very different dynamic than Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota.

The actions of car companies — just like every other entity — are ruled by their perceived incentives. Looking at the various models H/K is bringing out, this seems to me to be a case of a company looking at EVs as a way to leapfrog some competitors in market share and position themselves well for the inevitable EV tipping point.

(See [http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2019/01/u-s-auto-sales-brand-rankings-december-2018-ytd/] for brand-level US sales for 2018.)

It’s a not really. Most of the Bolt buyers were new to the Chevy Brand.

ZEV credits for rollout of their new SUV lineup

Totally agree with you.

such great news and exciting things to come. Good Stuff Bradley! At Least these guys have good comms from KIA unlike that Harrison fella from Chargepoint. He really triggered me.

Yeah, thanks Bradley. Great info!

Sounds great! Can’t wait to see one in person. But why isn’t Leaf e-plus mentioned as competition? My local (Seattle USA) Nissan guy says those will be showing up here late April.

Leaf has always been the underdog here in IEV.
A lot of complaining about lack of TMS and exaggerated flaw that it produces.
But price and commodity wise, the Leaf is a contender for sure.
Folks like new stuff and glitter, which this Niro don’t IMO.
Go figure!

I think about the leaf if it has the best leases for them because I’m not buying them. After the leases a a used Model 3 or Niro. I’m getting the SUV bug with this snow and terrible drivers

Have you found another site that has more coverage of the e+? Having owned a Leaf, I daily visit a Leaf-centered site – it focuses on how to minimize battery deterioration, and why everyone else is out-selling the Leaf. No facts there about the e+.

In my experience Nissan hasn’t been particularly forthcoming with information. Many people were conjecturing that e+ would have liquid TMS and LG batteries – because no information was provided by Nissan. Have you found another site that has more coverage of the e+
IIRC, there was a lot of conjecture from dealers about when the 40 kWh battery version was coming out. How convinced are you that your guy knows something which isn’t public knowledge?

++ The 60kWh version is also the version you’d expect Nissan to do the most advertising and PR for — many people are very much interested in a long-distance moderately-priced BEV, and in Europe, the Ampera-e is no longer an option. One interview with Huyndai UK (where the Kona EV is available with both 39kWh & 64kWh batteries) said that 95% of orders were of the larger version…

Thanks for reminder about tms worries djoni. I’m fortunate to have mild climate, tho I agree the concern seems a bit exaggerated for those not living in super hot climate.

Local Nissan dealer has sold a bunch of reservation deposits for e-plus and says they’ll be here in “8-10 weeks”.

Ron, I read this site and electrek and sometimes green car reports. A mix of pro and con Leaf, it seems.

Wavelet, agreed that I thought nissan would be hyping the e-plus more. Maybe they will once it shows up?

😏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👍 Great Job Kia/Hyundai have more ev models then any other company in the world

You guys thinks it’s a good ideal to fly to LA to buy a Kona and drive by on I80 to ohio

Wouldn’t NY or NJ be a lot closer?

Since it isn’t practical to drive a non-Tesla into Albuquerque (would rely on L2 charging – some at camp sites), I am considering driving a truck to LA and trailering one home.

Aw, come on, it’d be fun! Charge up in Phoenix, stay in the car overnight at the Wood Pond Campground or the Holbrook KOA, then take your time from there to Abuquerque. Maybe stop off for lunch somewhere along the way and beg a Level 1 charge for a couple of hours. If you baby it from Holbrook you might not even need to charge! It’d be such a sad beginning for the car to make its first trip on the back of some noisy stinking truck :'(

One guy got SparkEV in SoCal and it home drove all the way to Canada, and that was before DCFC became popular. With some dedication and time, driving on L1/L2 with 200+ mile range EV only to NM should be “pretty easy”.

https://plugndrive.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/california-to-alberta-the-story-of-a-chevrolet-spark-ev-owner/

You will wipe out ALL of the life cycle environmental harm reduction of your Niro EV by doing that.

That’s an extraordinary claim with absolutely no evidence.

Sounds like fun. Try it and keep a blog going. Maybe IEV will publish it.

Finding a dealer trained, equipped and staffed to work on the Niro outside one of the 12 states in which they will be sold is the problem.

Texas? Really? Hot dang! I figured we wouldn’t get the Niro EV here in truck loving Texas. I will have to check availability in a couple of months.

I know. I’m just as shocked. Hopefully the dealers here will say something besides “Pfft, nobody wants an electric car. Give ’em the hybrid.”

I guess we just have to keep bugging them.

Winner at $35k

Seriously, the charging port is on the front bumper where it will be destroyed in any collision?

And much worse if you got snow and dirt on the road, it will be always dirty and wet

No problems on the Leaf with this location.

This is the best place for it, in terms of practical everyday use.

The Leaf’s charging port has been in the front since day one and hasn’t prevented it from being the most sold EV to date.

The e-Niro is looking really good. I especially like the fact that it coasts by default in D. The lack of a center console is likely to help taller folks fit more comfortably. I really like having the charging port in the nose – it is the easiest / most convenient place to have it.

Is CCS standard?
Does it have all the seats heated, either standard or optionally?
Is the steering wheel heated, either standard or optionally?
Can we install a hitch?

If all EV’s did what VW is doing – a direct heating windshield defroster – then those of us living in places that get cold in the winter would love it!

Edit: why does the Kona Electric have 19 more miles of range?

Small detail, but important – does it have a light in the charging port?

Light in the charging port, hehe? Let me take a wild guess: e-Golf driver, once bitten, twice shy? 🙂 It’s the one thing about my e-Golf that I find mystifying – how come they didn’t put a light there, I always fumble with the connector when it’s dark.

It’s a bit smaller/lighter, and perhaps marginally more aero as well.

From what I see, CCS is standard. And not sure, but I think yes, no, no.
I think that the Niro has less range than the Kona because it’s bigger. It has more cargo space. The wheel base is four inches longer.

How is VW doing the direct heating windshield? Tiny wires in the windshield?? Jaguar offers this as an option ($350 or $400 on their order form online) but I don’t know the way it works either. I am really curious, anyone know? It seems like a GREAT idea.

Yep, tiny wires in the windshield. You can’t see them, except from up close, if you focus and have good eyes.

Thanks for confirming my suspicion; Does VW do this on the e-Golf? I want that on any EV or PHEV. Only downside I can see is that the windshield would be expensive to replace but that’s usually from a crack from a rock and will be covered by comprehensive insurance.

Yes, the direct heating windshield is standard on the e-Golf. Same for heated seats.

The Kona is smaller.

I love the quotes about limited production to compliance levels: “We’re way beyond that,….” and “… demand in other markets around the world is so strong,” that Kia won’t be able to supply the Niro in large numbers to the U.S. Yep, let’s dance around that question.

Well, which is it? Is Kia beyond compliance levels or not? The FACT is that Kia will not be providing EVs beyond compliance levels. Look at the KIa Soul and Hyundai Ioniq EVs for the real answer to the question of units supplied. The true answer is that either Kia won’t or can’t supply the Niro in numbers anywhere near the level to meet demand.

Technically, neither can Tesla. They still have a huge backlog of pre-orders.

My Chevy Bolt EV has 56.6 cu ft of cargo space with the seats folded flat, more than this Kia, and as others have said the Bolt EV is competitive in many other respects too. The only thing that would make me move from my Bolt EV is when we start seeing ranges around 338 miles and I can actually tow something. Can this Kia tow something?

Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

Don’t know what the specs show, but the Niro definitely has more room than Bolt. Kona does too. If Bolt were 6 inches more trunk, we would be in it two years ago. Our golden simply wouldn’t tolerate the bolt back. Niro has a fighting chance.

I reject the idea that “The two vehicles are the only two true crossover EVs available at an affordable price.”

They are not true crossovers. No AWD. And ground clearance is pretty low.

Right, ground clearance on the Niro PHEV is 6.3 inches according to Alex on Autos.

Glad to see WA on the list. I had pretty much written off the Niro EV. But now it will be a contender, if I can get a test drive.

I’m hopeful that Kia will have a good number available for these locations (and Canada and ROW) for 2019. I know they keep harping on production constraints and allocations.

Further underscores my picking them and awarding my 2019 EV of the Year!

It’s funny how the “high-riding compact” has 2 cu/ft more seat-down cargo volume than the KIA Niro EV.

“sold in a dozen states” …yet the entire USA pays for the $7500 subisdy…[Insert favorite explicative here]…Why should Nebraskans be forced to help buy EVs for Californians while simultaneously being denied access to the product….Disgusting.

They are not paying for it. The taxpayer that buys the EV gets their own money back.

Rustin, I’m in Michigan and its not one of the states where this car will be available anytime soon. But I’m in favor of the tax credit because of the various benefits –cleaner air, and a smaller carbon footprint helps us all. (Now I do not necessarily think the tax credit should be available for wealthy people, who don’t need it. But certainly for those who are not wealthy.)

Plus, it’s encouraging people to spend money. That has to do something for the economy. In sure that buying cars offsets some of the 7500 if you look at the entire picture.

Same delivery date for Canada?

Why does New Jersey get to be listed twice?? 😉

You got a problem wid dat? /joepescivoice

I checked out a gasoline Niro at a recent auto show. The size seemed just right. The styling and space work better for my use cases than its like-priced competitors too.

My biggest concerns are EV version interior noise and availability in Maryland. A lot of Kia dealers will not sell EVs.

The Bolt EV may have interior volume of a compact but its a subcompact hatchback that’s narrow…

It actually has the interior volume of a midsize.

If they cared about carbon foot print they would sell them in 50 states. They can care less about carbon, they care more about green paper!

The Bolt has 16.9 ft^3, 56.6 ft^3 rear seats down trunk volume, so less with seats up, more with them down.

“True crossover.” Ha. Is there such a thing?

Sweet EV though.

On batteries, supplier SK Innovations is on a hell of a ramp-up project, with plans to go from 4.7GWh in 2018 to 55GWh in 2025-ish.

Hyundai/Kia isn’t their only customer, however, VW and others have signed-up with them.

So, 2019 availability could be thin, but it should improve…

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/SK-Innovation-invests-2.5bn-to-realize-EV-battery-ambition (Open in incognito/private window to avoid paywall)

“The car will be sold in 12 states: … New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Jersey, ….”

why am i not seeing this news on other sites? i understand its exclusive here but wont other bloggers contact Kia and confirm this for their own postings?

Brad is at the event and getting the news out fast. Others will surely follow.

Combined sales of kia and Hyundai electrics was 90k this year. About 5th overall.

Steady state would be about 120k excluding production ramps. Expect about 140k for 2019.

#doingmorethanmost

Will it be possible to swap the e-Niro battery for a higher range battery in a few years?
I understand the body of the vehicle needs to accommodate for the battery size, but are they considering that? That would be an incentive to buy EVs in general, so they can compare to gas cars, which can be used for decades without becoming too outdated.