Watch This Kia Niro EV Test Drive Review

JAN 17 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 17

Next-gen long-range are fantastic … in most ways.

My Electric Earth seems to love EVs and the whole concept surrounding the segment. He recently test drove the Hyundai Kona Electric, so it only made sense to check out the Kia Niro EV (e-Niro). Of course, we all know it’s a Robert De Niro favorite, but why?

The Kia Niro EV is a bit larger than the Hyundai Kona Electric, so it’s better for a big family. It also has a lengthy range. Not to mention a luxury-grade cabin and plenty of features.

So, what’s the negative kicker here?

As My Electric Earth points out, there’s nothing that’s actually wrong with the Kia itself. Instead, he believes that the lone issue is inadequate charging infrastructure, as well as charging speed. For those families that frequently set off on long road trips, this car just won’t do. Keep in mind, this YouTuber is not just discounting the Niro EV, but all long-range EVs at this point.

Furthermore, it’s even more important to understand that it’s not these electric cars that are the problem, but instead, the charging infrastructure constraints and the obvious lack of public locations.

Video Description via My Electric Earth on YouTube:

Test drive of Kia e-Niro

KIA E-Niro is the second car that I try that is the new generation longer range EV.s. This is an important step forward in the electrification of passengers cars. This car is bigger, and it can very vel be used as a family car. It has three types of diving moods, eco, normal and sport. But will this car and the Hyundai Kona be practical on long distance trip, when most of the fast chargers out there is only 50 kW? The time to recharge will be unacceptable.

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Yes, Supercharger network ROCKS!!

Those funny Europeans, don’t they know that nothing less than a Suburban or Yukon XL is required to road trip with a whole family?

We are so crazy we would have to google those car names to have an idea what you are talking about. I simply assume those are really large SUV type cars?

Google ‘Canyonero’ while you are at it.

I live in Texas, and every time I see a ‘Texas Edition’ biggun vehicle, the lyrics seem very fitting.

65 tons of American pride! YEE-HAH!!!

Nothing less than an all electric minivan with 500 miles range coupled with highway rest area chargers is practical.

So, a minivan with a 150kWh battery, and 350kW charging stations? Sure, $150,000…

I was impressed by the drone shots. It’s amazing how far drones have come to the point they can take an overhead shot and not have the slightest movement.

As far as I’m aware, quadcopter drones had excellent stability from the very beginning (including early home made models more than a decade ago) — super precise stabilisation is indeed a requirement for the technology to work at all…

Hey IEV’s, i just saw a Kona ev (it looked sold, not test car) on my way to work today in SoCal. Do you have any info on this? Their website still say coming soon….

In the US, Electrify America is building a cross-country DCFC charging system with CCS (150Kw & 350Kw) and Chademo. By July 2019 it will have considerable coverage of many of the interstate highways. (see Electrify America’s website or Plugshare to see status)

Inadequate charging speed? So being a good 10% faster in added range per charging time than a Model X 75D is inadequate just days after Tesla stopped selling that model?

This claim doesn’t sound right even when the Niro charges at its maximal speed of ~70 kW — and certainly not at 50 kW.

The Model X uses twice the energy and it doesn’t even charge at 100kW. This is all very fair considering that the Model X is basically a Minibus while the Niro is a compact hatchback with a riser kit. Although all the blogs try to frame dropping the 75D from the line up as a sign that new batteries are coming there is also the reality that this battery wasn’t state of the art anymore.

If the Niro used half the energy, it would have an EPA range of about 370 miles. That’s just absurd.

Even going by combined city/highway efficiency, the somewhat higher efficiency of the Niro wouldn’t make up for the slower charging speed. And considering that charging speed only really matters on trips — where only highway efficiency is decisive — the Niro falls even further behind.

(Even if you compared city driving, the Niro is nowhere near 100% more efficient. Not even half that.)

Yup, agree. I feel the Kia Niro EV is a better vehicle overall than the Kona. It hits a great sweet spot in range versus size versus cost. That little bit bigger CUV/SUV size makes a load of difference to many. Bigger back seat room, bigger boot/trunk space, little more front space – yet with same appointments and battery pack options and charging capability as the Kona.

Couple of months ago, I called this as the EV of the Year pick for 2019. I still think it will be. Rock on Kia!

“Chicken or Egg” scenario. The chargeing situation, although improving as fast as new branded models are being SOLD, needs to have volume users to make economic sense. But as long as we are screaming that “There’s not enough fast chargers to make these cars viable!” we won’t have enough people convinced that it is time to switch to BEV’s. So our storiy line should be “Buy now, and slightly change your long distance travel time expectations for the near future and the fast charge infrastructure will soon magically appear!”.