Kia has not officially revealed the upcoming all-electric concept vehicle's identity, however, photos accompanying the automaker's announcement seemingly confirm that it will be the Niro EV. They also plan to launch a vehicle interface which incorporates 5G connectivity, connecting all of their cars by 2030. Dr Woong-chul Yung, the head of Kia's R&D centre, called it a manifesto "where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the infinite value that future mobility will bring". There will be five electric cars in the group as well as a fuel cell SUV likely twinned with the Hyundai Nexo that was also unveiled at CES. But Kia says this Niro EV Concept showcases significant tech advances and a range of 238 miles - which would put it right up against the Chevrolet Bolt EV and better than a standard Tesla Model 3's range.
Kia also made it clear that it's getting serious about electrified vehicles.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is rapidly turning in to a de facto Motor Show, and Kia has chosen CES to debut the electric version of the Niro in concept guise. The biggest change is at the front where the traditional grille has been replaced by a smooth interactive display panel. That's been running in South Korea since last year, but later this year will be expanded to new regions too.
Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES
Inside, there's a new wraparound design to the dashboard, finished in silver, grey, and bronze.
Well, we can understand this decision from Kia because there is not much to say about the performance of the Niro EV. Inside, the car's modern interior gets backlit perforated leather trim and Kia's new HMI infotainment system, which features face and voice-recognition technology to improve security. Kia's system uses speakers in headrests along with active noise-cancelling to allow front-seat and back-seat passengers to listen to two different things simultaneously without disturbing the others, and without the use of headphones.
This Niro packs a 150kW (201bhp) electric motor powered by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.
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At CES 2018, expect more digital assistant-related announcements from the companies like Amazon , Google , and Microsoft . The advent of Alexa for Business combined with these integrations could help to set Alexa up as a key business tool.