Kia unveiled the e-Niro full electric  with range of 500 km

Kia e-Niro

Speaking about serieal production electric cars, we haven’t doubts that the new Kia e-Niro is the real Queen of the Mondial de l’Auto of Paris.

The all-new Kia e-Niro is the first fully electric crossover utility vehicle produced by Kia. With a range of 485 kilometres (301 miles) on the WLTP combined cycle, the all-electric e-Niro combines driving enjoyment, eye-catching design, crossover utility and a zero-emissions powertrain – to create one of the most capable electric vehicles on-sale worldwide.

Kia e-NiroThe e-Niro occupies a unique position in the market as an all-electric crossover, with intelligent packaging, high practicality, and a long-distance driving range. Buyers will also benefit from a range of dedicated electric vehicle (EV) in-car technologies, new safety features, and stand-out exterior and interior design.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented:

A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 33,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, and more than 30,000 year-to-date in 2018, making it one of our best-selling models. Annual sales of electric vehicles across Europe are expected to reach 200,000 this year, rising to nearly one million units by the end of 2022, while the crossover market is also forecast to continue expanding in the coming years. The e-Niro is a clear demonstration of the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving.

The new e-Niro joins existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the car – of which more than 200,000 have sold globally since the Niro’s introduction in 2016. To date, Europe has accounted for more than 65,000 sales of the hybrid crossover.

The e-Niro is to be Kia’s second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model makes its European debut here at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and will go on sale in select European markets by the end of 2018.


485-kilometre driving range from next-generation all-electric powertrain

Kia e-NiroThe Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero-emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional gasoline or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

In Europe the Niro will be equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On the WLTP combined cycle, it provides a driving range of more than 485 kilometres (301 miles) on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions. On the WLTP urban cycle, the e-Niro is capable of driving up to 615 km (382 miles). Buyers will also be to specify their e-Niro with a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, with a range of up to 312 kilometres (193 miles) from a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle. Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes only 42 minutes to recharge the e-Niro’s battery from 20% to 80%.

Models equipped with the long-distance 64 kWh battery pack are paired with a 150 kW (204 ps) motor, producing 395 Nm torque, enabling the e-Niro to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in just 7.8 seconds. The standard 39.2 kWh battery pack is matched to a 100 kW (136 ps) motor, also producing 395 Nm torque, and accelerating to 100 kph from a standstill in 9.8 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the new electric model is front-wheel drive.

Technologies and features

Kia e-NiroEnergy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies

The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car’s range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while the Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) provides drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently. Eco DAS includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise vehicle range by suggesting when to coast or brake.

CGC alerts drivers as to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing the battery to regenerate under engine deceleration. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, the system alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster as well as an unobtrusive audible warning.

Kia e-NiroWhile the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of metal paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between three levels of energy recuperation. The higher the level of recuperation chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest.

The Niro’s Electric Parking Brake (EPB), is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also fitted with an advanced heat pump, which draws on heat energy from the air-conditioning and electrical systems. Instead of relying entirely on battery power to heat the cabin, the heat pump recycles this heat energy to improve the efficiency of the car’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The system is made up of a compressor, evaporator and condenser, which improve the car’s ability to efficiently heat up the cabin, minimising electricity consumption from the battery. In turn, this increases the e-Niro’s overall driving range.

Kia e-NiroThe e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Normal, Eco and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater fuel efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the powertrain with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the e-Niro’s engaging handling character to the fore.

Kia e-Niro – Technical Specificationis (Europe)

Body and chassis

Five-door, five-seater all-electric crossover, with steel and aluminium unitary construction bodyshell. An electric motor drives the front wheels via a single-speed reduction gear set, powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

Powertrain Electric motor

Type                            Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor

Voltage                        356 V (long) / 327 V (standard)

Max power                   204 ps (150 kW)  @ 3,800 – 8000 rpm (long-range)

                                   136 ps (100 kW)  @ 3,800 – 8000 rpm (standard)

Max torque                   395 Nm (291.5 lb ft) @ 0 – 3,600 rpm (long-range)

Max torque                   395 Nm (291.5 lb ft) @ 0 – 2,400 rpm (standard)

Long-range battery pack

Type                            Lithium-ion polymer

Voltage                        356 V

Energy                         64 kWh

Capacity                      180 Ah

On-board charger         7.2 kW

Energy density (cell)     250 Wh / kg

Standard battery pack

Type                            Lithium-ion polymer

Voltage                        327 V

Energy                         39.2 kWh

Capacity                      120 Ah

On-board charger         7.2 kW

Energy density (cell)     250 Wh / kg

Suspension and damping

Front    Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

Rear     Fully-independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar


Type     Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering

Steering ratio    13.3:1

Turns, lock-to-lock        2.57

Turning circle    5.3 metres


Front    305 mm ventilated discs

Rear     300 mm solid discs

Parking brake   Electronic parking brake

Wheels and tyres

Standard                      Alloy 17-inch, 215/55 R17 tyres

Spare                           Tyre mobility kit

Dimensions (mm)


Overall length   4,375                Overall width                1,805*

Overall height   1,560                Wheelbase                   2,700

Front overhang 885                  Rear overhang  790

Ground clearance         155

*excluding door mirrors

Interior              1st row             2nd row

Head room                   1,018                957

Leg room                     1,059                914

Shoulder room  1,423                1,400

Hip room                      1,364                1,228

Luggage capacity (litres, VDA)

Behind second row       451

Behind first row            1,405

Weights (kg)                            Long-range       Standard

Curb weight (max)         1,791                1,646

Curb weight (min)          1,737                1,592

Gross weight                2,230                2,080

Performance and range

                                   Long-range       Standard

Top speed (kph)           167                  155

0-to-100 kph (sec)         7.8                   9.8

Max vehicle range         485 km 312 km

Energy consumption     149 Wh / km     142 Wh / km

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