Kia has announced that the all-electric version of its Niro will offer a driving range of up to 301 miles on a single charge when it goes on-sale across Europe at the end of 2018.
The e-Niro, Kia’s first fully-electric crossover utility vehicle, will be revealed in European specification at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, before sales begin later this year.
European homologation on the WLTP combined cycle has confirmed the 301 range for the e-Niro when powered by the high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. On the WLTP ‘urban’ test cycle, the e-Niro is capable of travelling for up to 382 miles.
Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes only 54 minutes to recharge the e-Niro’s high-specification 64 kWh battery to 80 per cent.
The e-Niro will also be offered with a smaller 39.2 kWh “standard” power pack, which will offer drivers up to 193 miles on a full charge.
The new e-Niro joins existing hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the Niro – of which more than 200,000 have sold globally since its introduction in 2016.
Models equipped with the long-distance 64 kWh battery pack are paired with a 200bhp motor, producing 291lb/ft torque, enabling the e-Niro to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 7.8 seconds.
The standard 39.2 kWh battery pack is matched to a 135bhp motor, also producing 291lb/ft torque, and reaching 62mph in 9.8 seconds.
Aiming to make the most of its battery capacity, the e-Niro features a range of technologies, including regenerative braking, Coasting Guide Control (CGC), and Predictive Energy Control (PEC). The technologies enable drivers to recharge the battery when coasting or braking. CGC and PEC are linked to the navigation system and account for upcoming corners and topographic changes, suggesting when drivers could coast in order to harvest additional energy.
Pricing and UK specification will be announced later this year but the Hyundai Kona EV, which is closely related to the e-Niro starts at around £30,000 so expect the Kia to cost similar.