Kia has revealed more powertrain details of the all-electric Niro at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea. Boasting a range of 380km (236 miles), the Niro utilizes Kia’s next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies earmarked for Kia EVs.
The Niro features a high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which will take 54 minutes to charge to 80% when connected to a 100kW fast charger. Customers will be able to opt for an optional 39.2kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, with a range of up to 240km (149 miles) from a single charge.
Power is provided to the front wheels through a 15kW (204ps) motor, producing 395Nm of torque from a standstill, enabling the Niro EV to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The battery pack is located low down in the body, beneath the trunk floor, giving the CUV a center of gravity more akin to that of a sedan or a hatchback, ensuring maximum stability on winding roads.
The Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018, and will be introduced to other markets at a later date.