CES 2018 – Kia Niro EV: vision of the future

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CES 2018 – Kia Niro EV: toekomstvisie #1

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The Kia Niro EV announces more than just the arrival of an electric version of the small SUV Niro. He is also a showcase for autonomous rijtechnologie.

His gaze, arched hood and matte black lacquer with bronze accents are far removed from the usual stijlcanons of electric prototypes. The Kia Niro EV announces, however, the future electric derivative of the model. The biggest difference with the hybrid variants we see on the bonnet, the headlights, the radiator grille and the taillights. The electric motor of the Niro EV develops 204 hp (150 kW) and would have the same abilities pop up in a lot of other future electric models of the group Hyundai-Kia. Its lithium-polymer battery has a capacity of 64 kW and gives him a range of 383 km from… on the American verbruikscyclus, which is much stricter than the European standard.

Autonomous

Kia wants in 2021 cars on the market that have an autonomy of level 4. The concept Niro EV can already partially autonomous driving. So recognize his camera pedestrians and cyclists. The car she observes not only that, but they can also warn of his coming, with sounds and images via a ticker on the radiator grille. Thanks to V2X technology, the Niro EV also communicate with the infrastructure and with other vehicles.

Ergonomics

The concept car has a digital dashboard and a 5G internet connection. That last solution will not immediately appear in the production version of the Niro EV. Just as the system with 8 speakers in the headrests. This system allows any occupant of his own music to enjoy. The cockpit uses a new ergonomics, with a man-machine-interface using gestures and touch screens.