After more than a year on the market, the Kia Niro lineup is finally getting its long-awaited all-electric version. The 2019 Kia Niro EV will arrive on the market next year with a 64-kWh battery providing more than 300 miles or 480 kilometers of range.
That’s according to European testing, at least. Expect more stringent North American testing to bring that number down somewhat, but anything with more than 300 kilometers or range in today’s market is ahead of the pack. If the Niro EV can reach 350 or even 400 kilometers, Kia could have a game changer on its hands.
Its main competitors will be the Hyundai Kona EV and the Chevrolet Bolt. It’s too early to talk about pricing, but there is already a rumor that a more affordable Kia Niro EV with a 39.2-kWh battery will also be offered down the road.
According to early specs, the 64-kWh Niro EV will reach 100 km/h in less than 8,0 seconds, and more importantly can recharge 80% of its battery in less than an hour.
The new 2019 Kia Niro EV will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in early October.