Kia have announced that they plan to introduce 11 completely new electric vehicles globally in the next five years.
Korean manufacturer Kia is making a significant shift towards electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrification strategy includes the launch of an all-new EV model in Europe next year.
To kick things off, the first of Kia’s next-generation electric vehicles hopes to be introduced to Europe in 2021. The whole range of upcoming EV models are said to be affordable, high-performing and to keep comfort and practicality in mind.
Reportedly, the new 2021 Kia EV will offer a sporty crossover design, a range of more than 300 miles and a rapid 20-minute charging time!
The brand showcased their ‘Imagine’ concept at the 2019 Geneva motor show and it is more than likely that next year’s model will share a similar design.
As of now, Kia offers the e-Niro, which was named Best Zero Emission Car at the 2020 Fleet News Awards, and the highly anticipated Kia Soul EV, which is due to arrive in the UK this Summer.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, stated: ‘Many of Kia’s new EVs will be offered in Europe, which is currently the focal point for EV sales growth worldwide.
We are encouraged by the early sales success of our current generation of EVs, the new e-Niro and Soul EV, which have been well-received by buyers across the continent.
In every one of the last five years, we have reported growing sales of Kia EVs, and our next-generation models will accelerate this trend further.'
According to Kia, every new future model line due to launch in the UK will offer at least one variety of electrified (mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully-electric) powertrain.
Kia’s existing EV focus is already achieving strong results in Europe, with their new plans for electrification intended to further this success. In 2020 so far, sales of new EVs grew by 75% compared with this time last year.
According to Fleet News, zero emission vehicles now account for 6% of Kia’s total European sales. With EVs becoming ever more relevant, the brand hopes that 26% of its European sales will be electric vehicles by 2026.
Kia have also declared that their new EVs will offer either a 400V or 800V charging capacity, allowing for fast or even rapid charging, depending on the individual model.
Kia’s Director of Product Planning and Pricing, Pablo Martinez Masip said: ‘We want to provide European customers with the best possible value for their money, something that we are committed to with every new car.
‘This means that certain models, particularly those aimed at more cost-conscious buyers, will offer 400V charging capability.
800V charging won’t simply be reserved for Kia’s flagship models, however, but where it most closely matches the usage profile of a particular model line.
‘Both systems can be charged at home or in public, with 800V rapid charging enhancing usability in models driven by customers who may rely on high-voltage rapid charging more often or drive higher mileages.
‘400V charging, as already found in the award-winning e-Niro and Soul EV, also enables rapid charging and will remain relevant for many customers who have greater flexibility about where and when they recharge. We will cater for all needs.’
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