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Published on June 12th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Kia Niro EV With 455Km Range Launched In Singapore


Kia in Singapore has just launched the NiroEV, its first foray into the electric vehicle (EV) category. Combining anall-electric, zero-emissions powertrain with crossover practicality,intelligent technology and an eye-catching design, the Niro EV opens up a worldof new possibilities for a wide range of consumers who appreciate crossovercharacteristics, but also want the cost-effective benefits electric vehicleshave to offer. This Kia Niro EV is currently available for media and corporatetest drives only. This is why there is no selling price shared as yet. ContactKia Marketing for an exclusive test drive experience.

Power-packed with impressive range, speed,torque and cargo space, the Niro EV is perfect for private-hire drivers, youngcouples, families and environmentally-conscious consumers. Its ability to coverup to 455km on a single charge makes it one of the most effective as comparedto other EVs in the market currently. Moreover, according to previous findingsfrom SP Group as part of their move to roll out 1,000 charging points by 2020,EV drivers have been found to be able to enjoy at least 50 per cent costsavings compared to typical Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles for everykilometre travelled.

Despite being in its nascent stage for sometime, a growing demand for EVs from consumers today amidst the boomingcar-sharing and ride-hailing industry has been seen. In the past year, therehas been accelerated improvements in the strengthening of EV infrastructurefrom both the public and private sector – making Singapore well-poised tosupport this demand with enhanced convenience for EV drivers.

Against this backdrop, the Niro EV is setto electrify the traditional EV experience in Singapore by leveragingcutting-edge innovation to achieve performance and on-road efficiency,alongside an element of enjoyment for the driver.

Sitting alongside the existing Hybridvariant of the car since the Niro Hybrid’s introduction in 2016, the Niro EVwill be launched in two phases locally – with an initial focus on corporate andfleet sales before a consumer-focused launch later in Q3 2019.

Impressiverange from next-generation EV powertrain and battery

Matching its sporty, crossover design, theNiro EV offers buyers long-distance, zero-emissions driving ability andenjoyable performance with a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain.

A high-capacity 64 kWh lithium ion polymerbattery pack that affords a long driving range of up to 455 kilometres on asingle charge, plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes 54 minutes torecharge the Niro EV’s battery from 0% to 80%.

2019 Niro EV

Driver-centricexperience for enhanced enjoyment

The Niro EV’s powerful 150 kW (204 ps)electric motor offers an electrifying 395 Nm torque from a standstill, foracceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds. Additionally, the batterypack is located low down in the body beneath the trunk floor to allow formaximum passenger space while creating a centre of gravity akin to that of asedan or a hatchback. This ensures maximum stability and driving enjoymentthroughout the journey.

It is also equipped with a variety of toolsthat allows the driver to take charge of energy management and one’s style ofdriving through the selection of four drive modes – ECO+, ECO, Normal and Sport– that automatically adjust regenerative braking level, air conditioning andheating settings, and even set speed limits to help manage operatingefficiency. Smart Regenerative Braking operated via paddle shifters, alsoprovides drivers the ability to choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3)that slow the car and capture kinetic energy, returning energy to the batteryand adding extra range.

Superiorconvenience and safety with the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Matching the forward-looking nature of itspowertrain, the Niro EV offers drivers a range of Kia’s ‘Advanced DriverAssistance Systems’, supporting the driver in various environments andscenarios to mitigate the risk of a collision.

Available active safety systems include theBlindspot Collision Warning, which uses rear sensors to monitor the side andrear of the vehicle and warn the driver of the approaching vehicle in the blindspot. This is especially useful for alerting drivers to motorcycles weaving inand out of traffic before they change lanes.

Furthermore, the Advanced Driver AssistanceSystems include a 7-airbag system (dual front advanced air bags, dual frontseat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor anddriver’s side knee air bag), Electronic Stability Control and Hill-Start AssistControl to further complement the Niro EV’s status as a state-of-the-art,all-electric vehicle.

Futuristicand modern design with EV-specific utility

The Niro EV’s futuristic and aerodynamic‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a ‘de-bossed’Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime runninglights combine with light-blue trim highlights to emphasise the car’s sleekprofile along with its slim character line and tapered rear windows. The NiroEV rides on new five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cuttwo-tone finish, housing Kia’s regenerative braking system.

The cabin combines modern design withgenerous space – the interior of the Niro EV is differentiated from other Niromodels with a range of new features and design elements. The dashboard featuresa new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of thecentre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire driveselector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.

A 7.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machineinterface) remains at the centre of the dashboard but has been updated to offera series of EV-specific features. The new infotainment system enables owners tolocate nearby charging points and monitor the level of charge and rangeremaining from the battery pack. The instrument cluster – a 7.0-inch colour-LCDdisplay – is also unique to the Niro EV, enabling the driver to intuitivelycheck driving and EV powertrain information on-the-move.

The redesigned centre console creates morestorage space at the base of the dashboard for smaller items – including awireless smartphone charger. A lamp is integrated into the top of thedashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging orfully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car’scharge status at a glance from outside the car.

Its 2,700-mm wheelbase ensures maximisedlegroom, while its 1,805 mm wide and 1,560 mm tall body provides maximum head-and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375 mm in length, it offers morecargo space – 451 liters (VDA) – than many other plug-in and electric vehicles.

Thefirst of more

At the core, Kia Motors Corporation’svision for the future of mobility is an opportunity for all consumers to enjoythe infinite value the evolution of transportation brings with it. Its largerecosystem includes a roadmap of new advanced eco-friendly powertrain vehicles,in addition to plans for the integration of connectivity and autonomous technologies.

Correspondingly, Kia Singapore has adesignated EV service bay at its Authorised Service Centre located in AlexandraRoad to serve the exclusive needs of this growing segment.

“The Kia Niro EV is Cycle & Carriage’sfirst embarkation towards fulfilling a broader mobility vision, and will setthe stage for the continuous introduction of a wider range of eco-friendlyvehicles to the Singapore market over the next few years,” shares Mr RoystonSoh, Divisional Manager of Kia Sales & Marketing, Cycle & CarriageSingapore.

More information on the consumer launchwill be shared in Q3 2019.


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