The power reserve of the electric Kia Niro overstated by mistakeDecember 3, 2018
Car testing agency chose the wrong assessment method for electric Kia Niro
The certification agency that tests vehicles for the WLTP cycle, overstated the maximum power reserve of the electric Kia e-Niro due to an internal error. This was noticed by the manufacturer during the tests of one of the future electric models.
According to Autocar, the external company chose the wrong assessment methodology, which is why Kia e-Niro spent more time in the urban testing cycle, which lowered the overall vehicle speed and power consumption. Previously stated power reserve for cars of 310 and 474 kilometers (with a battery capacity of 32.2 and 64 kilowatt-hours, respectively) had to be revised. New indicators – 288 and 453 kilometers.
After finding the error and correcting the data, Kia has to contact those who have already ordered the car and explain why and how much the mileage indicators have changed. It also remains an open question whether the wrong methodology was applied during the tests, for example, Hyundai Kona.
The composition of the power plant Kia e-Niro includes an electric motor with a capacity of 204 or 135 horsepower. Up to 100 kilometers per hour, the crossover accelerates in 7.8 seconds. A 64-kilowatt-hour battery up to 80 percent can be charged in 54 minutes.
The first deliveries of electric cars to European buyers are scheduled for early next year.