Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Marie Harrington
January 10, 2018

Kia say the Niro EV Concept is a showcase for its new ACE strategy (that's Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric), but strip away some of the concept bits and this is the production Niro EV.

The battery pack will power a 150 kilowatt electric motor. While the existing production Kia Niro has donated some of its styling language to the concept car's profile, the rear is more streamlined for making sure airflow can cleanly pass across it. Up front, the traditional grille is replaced with an interactive display panel.

Inside, the cabin has been designed with a pure, minimalist and digital appearance. That last bit is joined by a drive mode selector as well as Kia's Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS). This security feature was developed with Amazon Web Services, and disables many functions if the driver fails the identifications process. An array of eight speakers and noise-cancellation technology create two sound zones in the vehicle, and the technology was developed in-house.

Kia Niro EV Concept
Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Since we're talking about a silent EV, Kia fitted it with new technologies meant to enhance safety for pedestrians. The vehicle's Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) features a combination of front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers. Things like pedestrian warning system which doesn't alert you to rogue humans crossing into the car's path, but warns them.

The Niro EV is expected on sale later this year and is one of 16 electrified vehicles Kia will launch by 2025. "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, the Vice Chairman/Head, Hyundai-Kia R&D Centre, said. It'll go hand in hand with the automaker's plans for connected and autonomous cars, too. Finally, the carmaker confirmed that it will commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021. As a matter of fact, a virtual reality simulator is now at Kia's booth at CES, giving participants the opportunity to live the "connected car" experience, which allows cars to communicate with each for improved safety, all in real time.

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