Kia Niro EV Electric Range and Release Date
Reporting on concept vehicles is a bittersweet part of the work we do here on the Friendly Kia blog. On one hand, it’s amazing to see the futuristic, cutting-edge designs Kia can come up with when unencumbered with safety and efficiency regulations. They’re works of art in the fullest sense of the word “art.”
On the other hand, however, they serve as a warning to not get too attached since many of them never make it to market. The ones that do make it to market, often look completely different when they arrive. That said, Kia, more than any other manufacturer, has a long history of being able to deliver models like the Soul, Stinger and (upcoming) Telluride that live up to the excitement of their conceptual predecessors.
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When we first saw the Kia Niro EV concept, our jaws dropped. With the Niro, Kia already had a brilliant and efficient subcompact crossover that was way above average in terms of appearance. The Kia Niro, EV, however, took both the outstanding design and efficiency of the Niro to the next level.
Boasting visual elements like an in-grille message center (which we’re sure would only be used for wholesome and encouraging messages between drivers) and an all-electric range of 238 miles, the Niro EV seemed too good to be true.
Although no official word from Kia has made its way to our ears, a production model of the Kia Niro EV has been spotted! Earlier this month, the 5th Annual Global EV Summit in Jeju Korea saw the first appearance of what will undoubtedly be one of the most popular EVs on the road.
2019 Kia Niro EV Electric Range
How do we know it’s going to be a popular model? For starters, the Niro EV will utilize the Kia Niro platform that has consistently ranked as one of the best subcompact crossovers on the market. Adding to that, the Niro EV will see well over the concept’s range at around 250 miles from its 64kWh battery.
That’s an insane range and it’s likely a conservative estimate for the battery which some testing organizations are already rating at 280 miles. Let’s see how it measures up to current competition:
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Even with the EV charging infrastructure in America growing by the day, a long range helps stave off “range anxiety,” a feeling akin to the one you get when your phone hits 20% except it’s your car. From New Port Richey, this range would allow to go to Orlando and back without recharging.
Why a Longer Range Matters
Aside from helping to minimize or prevent range anxiety, the advanced range of the upcoming Niro EV means drivers in colder climates like the upper Midwest have, what is almost certain to be, an affordable alternative that won’t be begging for juice on the way home.
As chilly weather negatively affects battery life, those drivers can choose the Kia Niro even knowing that reduction of 25% – 30% during especially cold temperatures will affect them less than it would on a vehicle with a lower maximum range.
Currently, the only vehicles available with a range that matches or exceeds the presumed range of the Kia Niro EV are the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X and Tesla Model 3 (all with their non-standard and more expensive extended batteries). Aside from the ubiquity of Kia-certified service centers, the biggest benefit the Niro will enjoy over these vehicles is price, as all of them start well over $50,000.00.
Kia Niro EV Release Date
As a 2019 model, we’re likely to see the Kia Niro EV show up on our doorstep by early-mid winter 2018. A vehicle that has Kia’s reliability/warranty, plenty of interior tech and a range of more than 250 miles sounds like a pretty great Christmas present to yourself.
If any additional information or release date is provided by Kia, you can bet your hatchback you’ll find them right here on the Friendly Kia Blog. For more information on the Kia Niro EV or to schedule a test drive with the current hybrid or plug-in hybrid Kia Niro variants, contact us today!