Kia Niro EV Concept was officially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. This concept car will become one of the signs of a new era of Kia in the future by carrying the concept of “Ongoing Journey to Electrification”. Kia Niro EV Concept has been developed in Kia design studio in South Korea, which has a more stylish design when compared with the gasoline and hybrid versions.
The most noticeable design changes are on the front grille where the electric concept car now no longer requires an engine cooling system. Kia replaces the conventional grille with a digital panel that can provide various information such as “Hello, CES”.
In addition to the modern grille, Kia also pinned new headlights, sportier front bumper and a new design on the back. At the rear, Kia’s designers have embedded more dynamic and sharp designs to make airflow from the rear of the car easier.
Unique style is also pinned on the interior of the car with the concept of “Pure, Minimalist and Digital Appearance”. The steering wheel on this car comes with a very unique design and has been equipped with various sensors. The sensors on the steering wheel can read the driver’s hand movements to activate the entertainment system and climate control system. Although equipped with a variety of sensors, steering wheel is also coated with leather material to improve the comfort of the driver.
Kia Niro EV Concept still has a digital instrument cluster, entertainment system and shifter with a unique shape. The concept electric car is also equipped with the Human Machine Interface (HMI) feature. Through this HMI feature, the driver only needs to “log-in” through facial and voice recognition technology that is in the car. When the car has received the data, the car will automatically make changes to the driving system that has been set by the driver.
Kia Niro EV Concept brings the 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery as a power source. Electric motors on this concept car capable of generating power 201 HP and can travel 383 km distance on a single charge. “We will bring 5 new hybrid models and plug-in hybrids, 5 new batteries for EV and all-new FCEV by 2020,” said Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of R & D Center Kia.
Kia is in the process of developing and producing some models of environmentally friendly vehicles for the future. The plan, the Korean car manufacturer will have 16 models of electric vehicles in 2025.