In March, Kia provided an update on the brand’s future product planning and sustainable vision.
The new plan expands on the existing Plan S strategy by requiring Kia to introduce at least two new battery-electric vehicles annually, bringing the total number of EVs on sale to 14 by 2027 — though not all will be available in the American market. Here is what we currently know.
Does Kia intend to become fully electric?
Not in the short-term or medium-term. The brand has a 2030 product roadmap. However, unlike luxury brands like Mercedes and Lexus, there are no plans to go fully electric. By 2030, Kia hopes that 52% of its global sales will be eco-friendly (electric, PHEV, or hybrid). Kia anticipates a 78% market share in major markets such as North America, Europe, China, and Korea.
Is there a Kia EV sub-brand?
Yes. Many of Kia’s forthcoming electric vehicles, especially those based on Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform, will use simple “EV” alphanumeric branding. The number, such as EV6 or EV9, will indicate the vehicle’s relative position in the lineup as opposed to its debut date.
Why would you purchase a Kia EV as opposed to a Tesla?
Kia also produces more attractive automobiles. Charging. Vehicles built on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform are capable of both 800V and 400V rapid charging. Teslas use only 400V. On a fast charger, the Kia EV6 can be charged from 10 to 80% in approximately 18 minutes. Kia’s E-GMP EVs offer vehicle-to-load technology (V2L) similar to the Ford F-150 Lightning, allowing them to transfer power back to devices, campsites, other EVs, or even the home in the event of a blackout.
Currently Available Kia Electric Vehicles in America
The Kia EV6 is Kia’s first vehicle built on the electric-only E-GMP platform shared with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60. Kia refers to it as a “sports crossover.” Also acceptable is “station waggon.” With its sports car aesthetic influences, the EV6 appears to be a smaller vehicle, but its wheelbase is the same as that of a Kia Telluride, making it deceivingly huge. It will serve as a 167-hp entry-level model, a 577-hp Porsche-killer, and anything in between inside the Kia EV lineup.
Maximum range: 310 miles
All 50 states: Yes
Starting Price: $40,900
Kia Niro EV
The Niro is a tiny crossover SUV produced by Kia and positioned between the Seltos and the Sportage. The Niro EV is, as expected, an electric vehicle; hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are also available. The brand-new 2023 model takes aesthetic ideas from the HabaNiro concept. It is equipped with front-wheel drive and 201 horsepower. It can be charged from 10 to 80% in 45 minutes and supports V2L charging.
Maximum range: 253 miles
All 50 states: Yes
Starting Price: $39,000
Future Kia Electric Cars
Kia has introduced the EV9 as a concept version of a boxy 2023 flagship electric vehicle. It should be the equivalent of electric power to Telluride. It will speed from zero to sixty miles per hour in approximately five seconds, have a range of approximately 335 miles, and add approximately 62 miles of range in six minutes via rapid charging. Over-the-air software updates and feature-on-demand services will be available, per Kia.
Kia Electric Pickups
Kia has announced intentions to produce two electrified pickup trucks. One is referred to as a “dedicated electric pickup” by the brand and is expected to arrive in the United States in 2024 or later. The second will consist of a “strategic model for emerging markets.”
Other Kia electric vehicles
Kia stated that, by 2027, one of the 14 electric vehicles will be an entry-level battery-electric vehicle. There is yet no information on what this signifies or if Kia will introduce it to the American market.