Kia takes technology for electric cars from RimacFebruary 14, 2020
The next Kia electric car (EV), which is due to appear in 2021 based on last year’s Imagine concept, will be a high-performance showcase for the future composition of the company.
The zero-emission model, which will receive a new nameplate, will be located above the existing e-Niro and Soul EV crossovers. The addition of a third, larger model will help Kia achieve its goal of 6.6% in the global electric vehicle market by 2025.
Pablo Martinez Masip, Head of Product Planning at Kia, describes him as “as significant as to showcase our electric vehicle capabilities in the future, as did Stinger, who showed how far Kia had come when it was launched.”
“We are not a premium brand, we are the main brand, and we must be faithful to this heritage. This car will be a halo and will be appreciated as such, but it will demonstrate that you can get a very high level of performance without having to pay premium prices, for example, Tesla, BMW or Mercedes. ”
The new model will be installed on a new platform, created in conjunction with the native brand Hyundai, which in the future will become the basis for the creation of more powerful and larger SUVs and sedans.
It promises a distance of 500 km, which is 50 km more than what e-Niro currently offers. Ultimately, Kia is working on expanding 500 miles for its electric vehicles, but this is not yet expected. Kia also says that the 2021 EV will be able to charge from 20-80% in about 20 minutes using the 800V system when connected to a 350 kW charger. Currently, only Porsche Taycan uses this technology.
Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer of Kia Europe, also raised the question of the prospects of the high-performance electric car manufacturer Rimac, in which Kia invested, working on all electric cars of the brand.
He said: “Performance became a little dirty word in the late 1980s and 1990s, but we think electric cars can be fun without fault,” he said. “Look at Tesla: performance is a key part of what it offers, and we believe that our electric cars should do the same. The goal is to apply the Rimac know-how across the entire range and provide excellent performance for our vehicles. ”
Kia UK boss Paul Philpott said: “EV Soul and e-Niro are on the same part of the market, so you either get much smaller or bigger. Assuming that the proposal will become less limited in 2021.
He added that the EV 2021 has a “crossover design that blurs the lines between passenger and sports vehicles,” repeating the four-door Imagine. According to Philpott, of all the Kia models sold in the UK this year, 10% will be electric, and 20% will be hybrid or plug-in hybrid so that the manufacturer meets its EU emission targets.
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