Kia Niro EV Concept unveiled at CES 2018

Kia Niro EV Concept at CES 2018

The Kia Niro EV is one of the most awaited electric cars to arrive this year and Kia is at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, teasing us with some specs.


Below you can read the most interesting parts of the press release.


“As part of this strategy, Kia is exhibiting the Niro EV Concept at CES 2018. Combining the stylish design of a modern compact SUV with the high efficiency of an advanced battery-electric powertrain, the Kia Niro EV Concept represents the next step in the brand’s ongoing journey to electrification.
Created by Kia’s design studio in Korea, the Niro EV Concept is a fully-electric compact SUV. Its aerodynamically-efficient body allows air to slip over, around and beneath the vehicle with ease. The traditional grille – no longer required for engine cooling – is replaced by a smooth interactive display panel, combined with ultra-slim lamp technology in the overall front. In profile, the concept draws inspiration from the current Kia Niro, with a modish compact crossover silhouette, elevated body and wide C-pillar. The Niro EV Concept’s seamless rear aspect has clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the car.
The Niro EV Concept is powered by a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies earmarked for near-future EVs from Kia. Energy is provided by a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, paired with a powerful 150 kW electric motor. The Niro EV Concept suggests a driving range of 238 miles (383 kilometers), with zero tailpipe emissions.”



Kia Niro EV Concept at CES 2018, Las Vegas


The electric version of the Kia Niro will have some aerodynamic tweaks that the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants don’t have. Furthermore, with a 64 kWh battery, a 150 kW electric motor and a range of 238 miles (383 km) it’s clear that the Chevrolet Bolt EV will be its most direct rival.

Nonetheless, it’s not yet known if the Kia Niro EV will also have a smaller 39,2 kWh battery as option, as it’s the case with the Hyundai Kona EV (39,2 kWh and 64,2 kWh).

As a side note, Kia Niro and Hyundai IONIQ share the same platform, this means that the upgraded Hyundai IONIQ EV – coming this year – and the Kia Niro EV will probably share the same battery options.



Anyway, the biggest winner here it’s LG Chem, that will supply the battery and electric motor. LG Chem is finally standardizing battery pouch cells and electric motors to ease production and reduce costs.



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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. It just a concept yet 🙁 Not very efficient, as it’s about 16.7kWh/100km (unless the 64kWh battery is not the useful capacity).

    Any info on when will the new Ioniq be available and battery pack size?

  2. I sure hope they produce this one in higher numbers than the Ioniq. I’m looking forward to it, and I expect it to be at the top of my list when I start thinking about replacing my Leaf in 2019 or 2020.

  3. Jonas
    Assuming it is usable than it is 5.9 kWh /100 km.

    1. 383km range with 64kWh gives a average consumption of 64/3.83=16.7kWh/100km

  4. Me imagino que esos 64kwh de Batería seran capacidad neta ¿Verdad?. Y esa autonomía de 383km EPA no el farsante ciclo NEDC europeo. Ojo si esos consumos son reales esos 383km para ser un SUV no están mal.

    1. Yes, this range is on South Korean test cycle, which is very similar to EPA’s.

  5. Is that 150kw motor the same LG delivers for Chevrolet Bolt? Perhaps whole package is similar? – there is a moment during the video when animated battery pack is visible inside the car and its layout looks a bit similar to a Bolt’s one. It would be a bit disapointing since I hoped for more significant capacity increase with 811 chemistry – and it looks like bump from 65 to 70ah cells.

    1. Yes, it seems to be the same motor.

      Chevrolet Bolt EV’s battery with NCM 622 cells weighs 435 kg. With NCM 811 battery cells it can be at least 150 kg lighter for the same capacity. Furthermore, it’ll be a lot cheaper.

      Energy density increases can be used to increase capacity or to decrease volume, weight and cost.

      Weight reduction contributes for: better performance (acceleration); more safety (less stopping distance); more efficiency and range.

      To mass market electric cars, 238 miles (383 km) of real-world range is acceptable. Now the focus should be on making them affordable.

      1. I agree! When we had ~20 kWh net capacity and at most ~18 kWh of anxiety-free driving I think it was right to take out 100% of increased density in more range. Now we’re at a point where most of it should be taken out in cost/space/mass instead.

        And that is a very good sign indeed. It means we near the tipping point…

  6. Does this Niro concept car show the car we can expect in 2018? It looks very different from today’s Niro hybrid which looks very old-fashioned in direct comparison.

  7. Maybe Kia and Hyundai can make nice electric cars, but that is of little interest if they can’t keep up with the demand. I think it is a little like with Volkswagen, they make electric cars to show that they can, Volkswagen offers them way too expensive and Hyundai does not produce enough.

    1. Be patient ! Around 2022, most of big OEMs (VW, R-N, BMW, DAI, Ford, GM, Honda, HMC, Toyota) will offer complete line-up of full EVs with 100kW DC charging as minimum and likely over > 60-70 kWh for lower prices as of now. By 2025, expectations are around 100$ for 1kWh vs. > 200$ today.

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