Kia Niro EV Now On Sale In Korea, Europe Next, Then U.S. In Early 2019

JUL 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 33

Kia recently started sales of Niro EV in South Korea – its second global all-electric car after the Soul EV.

The Niro was already available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

The Kia Niro EV is a sibling of the Hyundai Kona EV with the same battery (64 kWh or 39.2 kWh) and powertrain (150 kW), with the capability to quick charge at 100 kW (the 64 kWh version can replenish 0-80% of charge in 54 minutes).

Range of the 64 kWh versions is to be 280 miles (450 km), while the 39.2 kWh should be able to go up to 186 miles (300 km) under ideal conditions.

Just like the Kona EV, the Niro EV is expected to be one of the most affordable long-range electric cars.

In South Korea, company has received more than 5,000 pre-orders.

Soon, the Niro EV will debut in Europe (Paris Motor Show) as sales will begin by the end of this year. North America needs to wait until the first quarter of 2019 though before the Niro EV will go on sale.

Press blast:

All-electric Kia Niro EV crossover now on sale in Korea

  • Combines efficient electric power with crossover space and practicality
  • Capable of up to 385 kilometers of zero-emissions driving on single charge
  • Completes eco-friendly Niro crossover range, alongside Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions – 200,000 Niro models sold since 2016
  • European sales of Niro EV to follow at end of 2018 and North America in Q1 2019
The new Kia Niro EV goes on sale today in Korea, combining an all-electric, zero-emissions powertrain with crossover practicality, intelligent packaging and eye-catching design. A long-distance driving range of up to 385 kilometers makes it one of the most capable electric vehicles on sale anywhere in the world.
The Niro EV occupies a unique position in the global market as an all-electric CUV (crossover utility vehicle), and sits alongside the existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the car – of which more than 200,000 have sold globally since the Niro’s introduction in 2016. The Korean carmaker has received more than 5,000 pre-orders for the Niro EV in its domestic market since the car was first revealed earlier this year.
The Niro EV is to be Kia’s second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV, and will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2018 and North America in Q1 2019.
385-kilometer range from next-generation EV powertrain
Matching its sporty, crossover design, the Niro EV offers buyers long-distance, zero-emissions driving ability and enjoyable performance with a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain.
A high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack affords a driving range of up to 385 kilometers (239 miles) on a single charge with zero emissions. Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes 54 minutes to recharge the Niro EV’s battery to 80%. Buyers will also be able to specify an optional 39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, with a range of up to 246 kilometres (153 miles) from a single charge.*
Power is provided to the front wheels through a 150 kW (204 ps) motor, producing 395 Nm torque from a standstill, for acceleration from 0 to 100 kph in just 7.8 seconds. The battery pack is located low down in the body, beneath the trunk floor, creating a center of gravity more akin to that of a sedan or a hatchback, ensuring maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to support convenience and safety
Matching the forward-looking nature of its powertrain, the Niro EV offers drivers a range of Kia’s ‘Advanced Driver Assistance Systems’, supporting the driver in various environments and scenarios to mitigate the risk of a collision.
Available active safety systems include Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Intelligent Stop & Go, and Lane Following Assist. Lane Following Assist is a ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology which tracks vehicles in front of the car in traffic, and detects road markings to keep the Niro EV in its lane on the motorway. The system controls acceleration, braking and steering according to the behavior of the vehicles in front, using external sensors to maintain a safe distance. Lane Following Assist operates between 0 and 130 kph.
Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Designed at Kia’s design centers in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV incorporates the practicality and appeal of a CUV in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, EV buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.
The Niro EV differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic ‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a ‘de-bossed’ Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with light-blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.
In profile, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasize the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The Niro EV rides on new five-spoke 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish, housing Kia’s regenerative braking system.
At the back, reshaped rear bumpers feature similar light blue highlights to those found at the front of the car, while new LED rear lights give the Niro EV its own light signature.
Modern interior with EV-specific technologies and crossover utility
The cabin combines modern design with generous space and technologies that complement the zero-emissions powertrain. The interior of the Niro EV is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements. The dashboard features a new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of the center console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.
A new mood lighting system illuminates both the center console and the shifter, and occupants can choose from six colors – white, grey, bronze, red, green, and blue. New high-gloss black and blue trim lines the doors, further enhancing the futuristic atmosphere.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) remains at the center of the dashboard, but has been updated to offer a series of EV-specific features. The new infotainment system enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of charge and range remaining from the battery pack. The instrument cluster – a 7.0-inch color-LCD display – is also unique to the Niro EV, enabling the driver to intuitively check driving and EV powertrain information on-the-move.
The redesigned center console creates more storage space at the base of the dashboard for smaller items – including a wireless smartphone charger. A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car’s charge status at a glance from outside the car.
When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform had been engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. Its 2,700-mm wheelbase ensures all occupants have plenty of legroom, while the sense of space is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805 mm wide and 1,560 mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375 mm in length, it offers more cargo space – 451 liters (VDA) – than many other plug-in and electric vehicles.

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33 Comments on "Kia Niro EV Now On Sale In Korea, Europe Next, Then U.S. In Early 2019"

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64 kWh pack and 100 kW charge rate sound good. I wonder at what point the taper kicks in? 54 minutes to 80% seems to indicate it is noticeably before 80% but figuring out what point and how much taper is happening is difficult.

This and the kona both look great. Hopefully an aggressive ramp will follow but I wont hold my breath. I think they are only planning 30,000 production run but it’s great to see viable cars coming through thick and fast. The days of the 20-30 Kwh battery pack look to be over very soon. Now all that’s needed is a price drop for second gen cars (leaf, zoe) and things will start to get very interesting!

If the Hyundai Ioniq EV is any indication (198 sales in first half 2018) I wouldn’t hold my breath. That said, it is an attractive vehicle in a popular configuration (CUV).

The US market is small potatoes for these Korean EVs.

The Ioniq EV sold almost 4000 in Europe Jan-May…
…and >4000 in its Korean home Jan-June

So yeah, don’t expect too many of them to wash up on US shores anytime soon, but for the global EV market these are excellent news.

Duh! How can it sell anything when the car is not made available?

According to Bjørn’s facebook page he will be posting a video about the Kona EV on July 25th.

If Bjorn is racing the Kona EV vs Model X 90D, then the Kona EV must have done well. I’m guessing, he got over 300 miles in a single charge.

Unfortunately the Kia Niro EV use still NCM622 cell, SK innovation postpone the introduction of NCM811 on EV for next year.

Could you say more about this, to someone who doesn’t really know what this means?

The cell used on the Kia Niro will be similar to the Hyundai Kona but from another supplier (SK innovation for Kia, LG for Hyundai).
Few months ago SK innovation inform about the introduction of the cell (NCM811) with lower cobalt and higher energy density for the Kia Niro.
However the introduction of this new cell will be postpone on next year.
The main advantages for the user are the reduction of the battery weight and the usage of less cobalt.

I’m looking forward for it

“North America” = CARB states, or less. If it’s not Pennsylvania, I have to forget it. Hyundai/Kia aren’t serious about the EV market.

amen to that, ioniq ev still, after all this time, only available in a few places in CA, what a joke.

@jeff: Yes, at the moment shows only 24 (that’s right, twenty-four) new Ioniq EVs available in the entire US. I’m a H/K partisan, but they just don’t seem serious about selling EVs in this country.

I can tell you the Ioniq and Kona are getting a lot of discussion in NZ. The US isn’t the only barometer for what is and isn’t a car, thankfully.

NZ is a much easier sell than the US. The US spans a continent. NZ spans a couple of islands. Pretty big islands, granted, but still. Similar to Japan. You simply don’t need the same range or number of DCQC stations to support an EV.

I think this is why most companies stick to the CARB states. Our states are committed, and have put forth money for both rebates and for DCQC infrastructure. Of course, PA has put out some money, but they seem to have stagnated with only handful of chargers along their turnpike. As someone who occasionally travels the NE extension (I-476), I really want to see PA put chargers at the Allentown and Hickory Run service plazas. And along I-76 as well.

Tell me about it. I need chargers all out on i80

I-80 seems a no-brainer for a coast-to-coast route. It looks like EA plans to do it within the next 11 months. Hold on tight, things are about to accelerate.

It makes other things easier too; one network can easily span a country and we do have some pretty comprehensive networks popping up. However the point is more that you can’t infer how serious a foreign manufacturer is about EVs by which states they sell a vehicle in; in what is an overseas market for them. Take for instance E-Golfs. There’s a worldwide shortage of them for everyone else. There’s about five on our local buy/sell platform as well as dealer stock here.

Maryland is down the block from you guys

Yeah, hopefully in about a year from now the DCFC Infrastructure scene in the US will be looking quite different with Electrify America’s expansion.

Impressive specs and range, but what about the price. I don’t expect them to sell in USA since Ioniq-EV is still limited as though its a Rolls Royce.

Better accelerate the EV rollout, recently Korea & Japan are struck with a deadly heatwave.

Looks like Hyundai and Kia Are going to beat Tesla and GM to market with an electric long range SUV / CUV. Plus they will not bust the 200,00 sold number too.
Congress and the Administration needs to act quickly to either continue the EV tax credits or impose tariffs until Tesla fields the Model Y and GM it’s equivilent.

They are compliance cars, sold in limited quantities — so not really competition to a mass-market Model Y.

We will see about the GM one — though being on the Bolt platform, it’s quite probable it will be a compliance car too…

But GM promised they would field many new EV’s within 2 years, and that promise from CEO Mary Barra was given about 9 months ago. Make no mistake, there is a big market for an Electric SUV CUV or pickup truck with 300 miles + range. I know of one potential buyer—me!

Nah, they only promised two more models (based on the Bolt) in the short term; the larger wave (on a new platform, made for profitability) will come later, starting in 2020 or 2021 at the earliest.

Speaking of the US market:

The electric Niro and Kona aren’t on sale yet. No-one knows how much they will cost, or where they will be offered (just the CARB states or nation-wide), or how many will be sold.

Model Y doesn’t even exist yet, and we don’t even know what it will look like in reality, or how much it will cost, or when it will be available, much less what the sales figures will be like, or how the EV-related policies will evolve.

With these in mind, we’ll have to wait until at least 2020 to see how TMY, Niro and Kona compare.

Also, “being (based) on the Bolt platform” doesn’t make a car a compliance car; regulations do. Besides, GM’s compliance car is/was the Spark EV, and that’s why it is/was offered in the CARB states only. The Bolt is a long-range, middle-market electric car, available nation-wide. The first one in this category, by the way.

The point is that the Bolt is not profitable outside ZEV states; so they are not really trying to push them beyond symbolic numbers. Other models on the same platform will likely have the same problem, unless they sell them at a much higher price. (Which seems unlikely.)

GM said their *next* generation is expected to be profitable.

M3 Owned- Niro EV TBD - Former 500e and Spark EV,

Waiting for this to come over. the PHEV is decent enough, but want full EV to replace our CR-V. Those non-CARB folk — move over to Cali, pay our sunshine taxes then enjoy the Carb restrictions and benefits.

Legacy companies are not interested in up ending their ICE profitable machines. Why? They’ll comply, do their R+D to milk the ICE cow as long as possible. Also the dealerships have zero interest in pushing no maintenance EV vehicles.

Just goes to show how far advanced the Bolt is ahead of Everyone for long range EV value. It is approaching 2 years old and still nobody has a +200 mile range EV for under 30k.

Excellent point. In fact, by the time any competition shows up, the Bolt will be due for a mid-cycle refresh. I’m thinking ACC and a boost in charging speed would be sweet.