Pricing and release date this coming spring. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 28, 2018 2019 Kia Niro EV The Guinness World Records holding Kia Niro Hybrid is going to soon be receiving a sibling in the form of a 239-mile range, 100 percent battery electric. The Niro EV arrives with a liquid-cooled 64kWh Li-Ion polymer battery packaged under the floor with minimal passenger space intrusion. The Niro EV includes 100 kW CCS DC Fast Charging capability standard which allows the new battery electric to go from flat to 80 percent in just 60-minutes (~ 190-mile range) on a 100 kW charger and 1-hour and 15-minutes on 50 kW charger. From a std. 240V Level 2 at 7.2 kWh, the Niro can go from flat to full in ~ 9.5 hours. On the propulsion front, the Niro EV includes a 201-hp and 291 lb.-ft. of torque electric motor with a 0 to 60 time of just under 8-seconds. The Niro EV is equipped with the following drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Eco+ that automatically adjust regenerative braking level, HVAC. Drivers can also choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3). Use the minimum with your brake pedal for best efficiency of course. The Brake and Hold System feature allows regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a full stop simulating a one-pedal driving experience. Again, forget that. When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different electrified powertrains. First to arrive in 2016 was the hybrid, then in 2017 the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and now a fully-electric powertrain. 2019 Kia Niro BEV/HEV Passenger and Cargo Volume Comparison Cargo Cap w/ rear seats upright (cu.ft): 18.5/19.4 Cargo Cap w/ rear seats seats folded (cu.ft): 53.0/54.5 Passenger Cap (cu.ft): 96.6/100.9 2019 Kia Niro EV Rear Hatch 2019 Kia Niro EV Exterior Features Unique front fascia with closed off grille “Arrowhead” LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) New lower air intake with EcoDynamics blue surround accent Specially-designed 17” alloys to reduce drag and improve efficiency Reshaped rocker panels Revised front and rear bumper fascias with blue trim accents 2019 Kia Niro EV Interior Features Rotary shifter dial Customizable “mood” lighting Large center console with cup holders, storage compartments and 3 USB ports – 2 charging and one connectivity Niro EV-only seat upholstery with blue highlights Available blue and black “holographic” graphic door trim The Niro EV includes the “Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment. 7” color touchscreen with rear view camera and parking guidance 6-speaker audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM8) with USB input Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Standard Qi wireless smart phone charging Bluetooth wireless connectivity with voice recognition 7 airbags (dual front, side, and side curtain and driver's knee air bags) Vehicle Safety Systems include ABS, TC, ESC, HAS, real time wheel pressure readout TPMS plus Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Parking Distance Warning - Forward and Reverse (available). 2019 Kia Niro BEV Infotainment New for Niro EV is a revamped UVO infotainment system that allows owners to monitor and control a long list of vehicle operations, including Notifications of battery and charging status, Real-time charging station update, setup Scheduled charging, Panic notifications, “Send-to-Car” points of interest (POI) and waypoints, and Pre-condition the vehicle cabin temperature prior to use. 2019 Kia Niro BEV Battery Hyundai/Kia sources EV, HEV, and PHEV batteries from multiple global suppliers. The battery specifications and exact cell chemistry varies for each application, which can impact materials and sourcing. Globally, battery manufacturers including LG Chem and SK innovation, source battery elements, including cobalt, from a variety of regions. These battery manufacturers regularly review mineral sourcing, and re-source to new areas to manage stability, cost, logistics, and other factors, ultimately looking at other ways to source cobalt and to reduce usage. Engineers are striving to progressively reduce the volume of cobalt required. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, the Niro EV will be built in South Korea at Kia’s Hwaseong manufacturing facility. Pricing will be announced when it goes on sale early next year. The Niro EV will be available in an EX and EX Premium trim. Premium EX features include: 8” NAVI touchscreen Power tilt/slide sunroof LED headlamps 8-speaker Harman/Kardon20 premium audio system with external amplifier and subwoofer Auto-dimming mirror with Homelink Heated steering wheel LED interior lighting Mood lighting Parking distance warning – forward and reverse Deluxe scuff plate WOW! Anything more need to be said?