Kia Niro EV Gets New, Lower Range Ratings In Europe


The range discrepancies when it comes to EVs is real.

Never has there been a time that people have paid so much attention to rated range. This is due to the influx of new electric vehicles. How often do we see people challenging EPA-estimated ratings for gas-powered cars? Sure, it happens, and the numbers often don’t add up. However, when it comes to electric vehicles, this situation accelerates considerably. As it turns out, the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) joins the list of EVs that have seen a range downgrade.

With multiple range scales, automotive reviewers’ tests, independent tests, and owner data on forums and social media, information pertaining to electric vehicle range is “messy.” Now, Autocar reports that an independent firm’s error caused an overstatement of the WLTP range of the Kia Niro EV.

After adjustments to account for the problems with the original testing, the Kia e-Niro (64-kWh battery pack) has a WLTP range of 282 miles. Previously, the rating was 301 miles. Kia has downgraded the same vehicle with its smaller 39.2-kWh pack as well. The initial 193-mile range is now set and 179 miles.

The WLTP test cycle is a very new requirement for all vehicles sold in the European Union. As with most similar tests, there are a strict set of guidelines to assure consistency. Apparently, according to Kia, the independent organization that performed the test didn’t use the correct methodology. More specifically, the organization tested the Niro EV in low-speed urban areas for a significant portion of the evaluation. For this reason, it was able to cover more miles than it should have covered. When tested on highways and at high speeds for the appropriate percentage of testing miles, the range is different.

Fortunately, Kia was honest to uncover the oversight. It also stepped up and reported the issue. The automaker is also reaching out to buyers who have pre-ordered the car. We greatly appreciate Kia’s honesty in this situation.

Autocar points out that there is not yet information regarding whether or not the Hyundai Kona EV was tested under the same, erroneous methods.

Source: Autocar

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10 Comments on "Kia Niro EV Gets New, Lower Range Ratings In Europe"

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282 miles is still too much. Car’s a 250 mile car, for great performance, value, and fun! It’s a winner and if they said comfortably 250+ we’d all win, instead we get marketing blunders and detractors taking advantage of the mistakes. I think WLTP and EPA ratings are useless because unlike ICE car, winter range is around 50% swing to high summer. My soul goes to 70 miles in winter and 120 miles in summer avg 93. Gov’t ratings should be at 0c or 32f X miles and at 25c 80f Y miles. Then you know what to expect.

True, and WLTP is a fantasy to begin with, so expectations don’t come close to reality.

WLTP suits european driving patterns fine.

Your mileage may vary, of course. But when I test drove a Renault Zoe last month, I slightly beat the WLTP-rated energy use per 100km on my daily commute. That’s despite the fact that said commute is 90% highway.

Admittedly, I was very surprised by this. I had previously thought that WLTP would still be off from realworld driving by a margin of around 10%-15%. But as it turns out, for the Zoe, it is perfectly appropriate and matches realworld results.

EVs with liquid heated battery packs will not use nearly as much as 50% on most western climates. More like 20% on average. See Bjorn’s testing videos in real Scandinavian winters.

Even the Leaf (non-managed pack) looses less than that.

Regardless of the official or rated range of the car meets the drivers daily needs who cares if the range is -7% there will be only a few times when that full range is needed. Ballaning price and features the KIA Niro is outstanding meeting thr needs of 90% of American drivers.

Why congratulate an automaker for doing what is legally required? It would be like congratulating every automaker for issuing recalls. “We would like to thank Ford for honestly admitting that it’s wheels fall off.”

There is a heck of a lot of dishonesty and game playing out there in big business. I think we all know that. I’m not congratulating them, but simply shedding light on the fact that the automaker was first to quickly come forth with pointing out the problem, rather than someone else. Speaking of recalls, we’ve seen a plethora of times that an automaker has waited for a long period of time before letting the public know, and then waited even longer to begin scheduling fixes. In this day and age, sad as it is, honesty should get some positive attention since it’s becoming much more rare.

EV range needs to include (eg.New England) winter,cold weather testing (hwy,city). The Model 3 vloggers living in winter regions have noticed ~30% range penalty. One multiple Tesla owner noted he can see as much as 40% range loss on his X/S. As an EV supporter,more realistic range ratings are needed if they are to be embraced beyond early adopters.

Also testing with 4 passengers, luggage and in hilly terrain should be stated. Doing 65mph under thoose circumstances would give numbers that would scare most buyers away.