It’s progress like this that makes us think that dabbling in other sources of alternative energy for cars is not worth the effort, at least at the moment. I’m referring to fuel cell vehicles, to be more precise. I think the continent should invest in clean electricity instead of hydrogen fuel stations, but I digress.
The new Kia Niro EV and its 64kWh battery will enable approximately 280 miles per charge on the WLTP test cycle. The reality will look more like 235-240 miles on the US cycle. Either way, this means that 320 kilometers of range will be a reality.
Output from the electric motor and battery will read something like 20-horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque which should make for some driving fun.
No word yet on pricing or when it will arrive in showrooms, but we expect it will be reasonably affordable. It will compete with the likes of the VW e-Golf, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Nissan LEAF and others, so priced $35k to $40k.