Kia Releases New Niro EV Video


“Feel the Car?” What?

We’re pretty stoked about the 2019 Kia Niro EV here at InsideEVs. It will offer customers excellent driving range and lots of interior space for (probably) less than $40,000 before incentives. Kia had seemed to be taking something of a low-key approach in marketing this vehicle — Robert di Niro spot aside — so we were happily surprised to see that it has just released a new video (above) showcasing some of the crossover’s strong points.

Titled “Quick Look,” the minute-and-nine-second clip opens up with the tagline “Feel the Car,” (no, we have no idea what’s up with that, either) before giving us a quick look at various angles of a super-glossy white example. Then, it dives into some details.

We learn that the electric motor in the Niro EV weighs only 40.3 kg (88.85 pounds), yet can produce 204 horsepower, which allows it to hustle to 100 kph (62 miles per hour) in a laudable 7.8 seconds from a stop. As the image shifts to a graphic showing the battery placement in the floor of the vehicle, we’re told that it holds a generous 64 kWh of energy, allowing the all-electric to boast a range of 385 km (239 miles). We are then informed it has a high-efficiency PE (power electronics) system. (Bonus points for anyone who can tell us what that is in Comments) (Thanks, Joel B.)

Moving to its charging capability, we learn that it can accept a 100-kW flow of electrons and fill that big battery, empty-to-full, in 54 minutes. Interestingly, it claims that its low-temperature charging is “improved.”

The video moves to the infotainment system, focusing on the info part of that portmanteau. We’re shown how the screen can overlay the available range on a map, giving us our total drivable area, which should be pretty handy if it’s accurate.

We don’t want to give the entire video away, but let’s just say that it additionally touches on safety and a few cool features found within the cabin. Enjoy!

Video description:

An all-electric CUV with intelligent packaging and a lot of practicality. With its futuristic, modern design and EV-exclusive technologies, the #KiaNiroEV leads the way in zero-emissions driving.

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“PE” = Power Electronics – I think?

Well, that sounds a lot better than my (bad) guess.

This is strange. Now they advertise a range of 385 km with the 64 kWh battery.
This ends-up being the same range as the Bolt EV even though the battery is 7% bigger.

Antonio Tejedor Alonso

385 Korean cycle, 485WLTP ¿400 EPA?

It is possible that Kia e-Niro is much more heavier that Chevy Bolt EV, and it affects its range.

Isn’t the Niro a significantly larger vehicle?

Also, it’s not designed as an EV from the ground up…

Utility mode = camper mode?

Yes. Bjørn Nyland already tested this.

PE stands for Polyethylene it’s what they use as a separator for the battery’s

“Kia has produced a new informational video to fill customers in…”

What customers? This will be a compliance car with a few thousand (maybe) takers.

Good, but sad, point.

We cannot have the Bolt in Europe, so is it a “compliance car” too ?

You cannot have the Zoé in the US, but I can assure you Renault is serious about selling it.

And the 35 k$ model 3, unavailable, compliance car ?

The point is that most of the car makers did not anticipate the demand, they lack production lines and batteries. I am sure Kia and Huyndai would produce as a lot of EV as people want to buy if they were able to.

What would make it a compliance vehicle in Europe would be if it is sold only in countries that mandate zero emission vehicles to “comply” with that mandate. That is not the case, regardless of the numbers available or brand market presence, don’t conflate the two.

Renault has no presence in the US. This is entirely unrelated to compliance cars. (The Bolt on the other hand is indeed a compliance car, with limited availability in various markets.)

And bringing up cars that aren’t in production at all yet… Yeah, totally makes sense. Great argument.

Why is it americans call anything that will not hit your shores in numbers “compliance cars”? As model 3 has not yet hit Europe, it must be considered at compliance car as well. Did you guys ever consider if the US market is simply not attractive for many companies from around the globe for various reasons, and companies like Hyundai have no problem selling their products elsewhere?
Taking it further, when will model 3 hit Russia? For them it will remain a compliance car for years….

It is because whatever number they do have to sell in the US they only sell in the so called CARB states where they are mandated a certain number of zero emission vehicles. Had they offered their EVs states-wide regardless of that mandate it would indicate that they are not selling them just to “comply” with it.

So blame your legislators. If the US would adopt a fleet emission approach for CO2 they would have to sell a lot more cars. Well, and conventional Pick up trucks and 7 seat SUVs would die.

I’m not an American, but I call any car that is clearly only sold in limited numbers to fulfil mandates a compliance car. And that’s not US-specific at all. The Hundai/Kia BEVs are compliance cars in Europe, too. The numbers are just somewhat higher because of the strict fleet emission standards they have to comply with here.

It’s not the numbers, it’s the outlets.
If the manufacturer offered a vehicle for sale only in California (and other CARB states) we call it a compliance vehicle.

By example, I can’t buy a Hyundai IONIQ in my home state. They just simply aren’t for sale here.
But if I go to California, almost 3000 miles away, I could probably walk in and drive out.

This is a compliance vehicle.

They already sold a lot more than that.

Lavish praise for a compliance car. At least we hope it will sell well in other countries.

All this talk of 100 kW charging is more than a bit misleading. I’ve never heard of any Kia or Hyundai accepting more than about 72 kW. That’s a fine number, but I’d love to see Kia’s take on what the conditions would need to be for this car to get close to 100 kW.

And yes, I’m fully aware that they’re really saying that you can hook it up to a 100 kW charger and the car will just limit that to the 70’s, but that’s a meaningless statement considering I can also just as easily charge from a 350 kW station and the car will STILL only take 72 kW. This frustrates me. Manufacturers should only be allowed to quote the highest number that’s achievable under normal circumstances. Ideally they’d also give an average from 0% to 70% or something like that.

We don’t know that yet. It might be full capable of receiving 100kw from a powerful enough charger. The only tests seen so far, is with it’s sister Hyundai Kona from a 175kw charger. That charger can deliver a high voltage but not enough ampera’s to reach the potential 100kw of the kona/e-niro.
I’m pretty confident that when you hook either to a 350kw charger, the charge will have enough ampera’s to reach the 100kw max the e-niro and kona are capable of.

Bjørn tested the e-Niro at a 200 kW charger that could deliver a maximum of 200 A. The car accepted about 190 A until the taper, which worked out to a peak power of about 72 kW at about 57%. The only way that any of these cars will be able to charge above that level is if they can accept more than 200 A, but I doubt the hardware in the car will allow that. But I definitely look forward to being proved wrong! The Niro may not be much to look at, but it’s the car that I’m most interested in at the moment.

IIRC the eTron was reported charging at 150 kW on the same chargers and with the same voltage — so clearly, the amperage limitation is in the Hyundai/Kia vehicles, not the chargers.

You can’t say that in that way. To save weight, it’s possible to use more thin cables -> less current -> higher voltage needed to reach same power. “Incompatibility” is a better term.


That would require a battery with higher voltage.


This ad is aimed at people in the know, mostly existing EV drivers (i.e. improved cold weather charging, why is that an issue that needs to be improved). It indicates that Hyundai/Kia does not aim to expand into the general public and considers this to be a niche specialty vehicle, not a good sign.

No, you can have both. Information not aimed at ignorants and selling to ignorants.

I will be happy to share my “feeling” early 2019 when I will get my eNiro 🙂

This could be a better Bolt EV, the nearly perfect car for town and country touring, commuting, and puttering around town. Small enough to fit in parking spaces and big enough to satisfy a variety of needs. Now if they only offered the 64kW model for under $30k before the fed tax credit…..where do I sign up?