Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

The design you see here is the work of Kia's design studio in Korea, and is based on the current road-going Niro.

In fact, with so many carmakers pledging a raft of new EV cars in the years to follow, surely we now have to think about the various noises each will have to make? "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", says Dr. Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman and head of Kia's R&D center.

The electric Kia Niro has debuted at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, boasting new styling, new technology and a claimed range of 238 miles.

In terms of mechanical credentials, the Niro EV Concept comes with a ready for production series high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack hooked to a single 150 kW motor - and Kia mentions the powertrain is part of a next-generation unit that will be used in the near future for series produced vehicles. The biggest change is at the front where the traditional grille has been replaced by a smooth interactive display panel. If the concept has any bearing on a future production Niro EV, it won't simply be a rebodied version of the Hyundai Ioniq EV, which has a 110-mile range.

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Kia Motors has revealed plans to offer a total of 16 new electrified vehicles by 2025, including a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020.

Inside, there's a new wraparound design to the dashboard, finished in silver, grey, and bronze. There's also a safety system with cameras to detect pedestrians or cyclists and an external speaker to warn them if they don't hear the Niro EV approaching. The new HMI also allows drivers to "log-in" to the vehicle using face and voice recognition thanks to technology developed with Amazon Web Services (AWS). There are cameras and speakers mounted on the front of the vehicle. As a matter of fact, a virtual reality simulator is now at Kia's booth at CES, giving participants the opportunity to live the "connected car" experience, which allows cars to communicate with each for improved safety, all in real time.

As for technology, the Korean automaker expects to commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021.

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