Joining an existing lineup of Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions of the car, the e-Niro is the first fully electric crossover utility vehicle ever manufactured by Kia.
With an overall design inspired by the 2018 Niro EV concept, the e-Niro is also Kia’s second global electric car after the Soul EV, and aims to steal sales from other already established EVs.
At start, the Kia e-Niro will be available with two power outputs and two differently sized batteries, consequently. The standard model is specced with e 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, which offers a range of up to 312 km (193 miles) from a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle, while the battery pack is paired with a 136 PS motor that develops 395 Nm (291.3 lb-ft) of torque. The larger batter is a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer pack that is matched with a 204 PS motor with the same amount of torque as its smaller brother. Thanks to the increased battery capacity, the driving range is more than 485 km (301 miles) on the WLTP cycle. Both versions are front-wheel-drive only.