Kia Electric Cars: The complete Guide

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Overview


Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991.



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The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover


The pure electric compact crossover from Kia was introduced in March 2021. It is the first EV from Kia built on a dedicated EV platform, the E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), also used by the Hyundai IONIQ5 EV.

The Kia EV6 pure electric crossover is positioned for success. The exterior styling is eye-catching, coupled with an equally impressive interior standard specification and quality. Despite the sporty roofline, the EV6 has ample room for passengers seated in the rear seats. The EV also has a decent boot capacity (490 L).

The EV6 is one of the few pure electric cars that has a lot to offer an EV owner, without breaking the bank. Prices start at £40,895 (the EV does not qualify for the PiCG grant). The EV is available both as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and an all-wheel drive (AWD), with one EV battery option (77.4 kWh). The electric vehicle (EV) has an impressive range up to 328 miles. Also worth noting is that the EV can be charged up to 350 kW DC charging at public EV charging stations, achieving an 80% charge in less than 20 minutes!

The EV is practical and versatile, and more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

Kia EV6 electric crossover
The All-Electric Kia EV6 Crossover (credit: Kia)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (6 Options)
EV6 Air RWD (from £40,895)
EV6 GT Line RWD (from £43,895)
EV6 GT Line AWD (from £47,395)
EV6 GT Line S RWD (from £48,395)
EV6 GT Line S AWD (from £51,895)
EV6 GT (price not available)

PROSCONS
Good looks and exterior stylingRear-visibility poor/ blind spots
Standard technology specifications highOnly available in one EV battery option
Good electric range and DC charging up to 350 kWAll-wheel drive (AWD) not standard for all variants

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (77.4 kWh)
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 18 minutes). On board charger: 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1550
Width (mm):1880
Length (mm):4680
Wheelbase (mm):2900
Boot Capacity (L):490

EV6 77.4 kWh RWD
EV Battery Capacity:77.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):328 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):165
Charging:350 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:114 mph
0-62 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):168 kW
Max Power (bhp):226
Torque (Nm):255
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,000
Colours:4

EV6 77.4 kWh AWD
EV Battery Capacity:77.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):314 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):172
Charging:350 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:116 mph
0-62 mph:5.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):239 kW
Max Power (bhp):321
Torque (Nm):255
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,105
Colours:4

The All-Electric Kia e-Niro SUV


Like the all-new Kia Soul EV SUV, the Kia e-Niro pure electric SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia.

Kia Corporation, launched the all-electric Kia e-Niro in 2018 at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea. The Kia Niro concept was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The emission-free e-Niro order book opened in the UK in January 2019, with the initial allocation sold out within three weeks. The EV has also won the prestigious 2019 What Car? Car of the Year award. It is the first ever all-electric SUV to win this accolade. The e-SUV has also won the prestigious WhatCar? Car of the Year 2021 award.

The EV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) is available in two battery sizes (39 kWh and 64 kWh) with a zero-emission electric range of up to 282 miles (WLTP). More than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

Kia e-niro electric SUV
The All-Electric KIA e-Niro SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available only for Niro ‘2’ and Niro ‘2’ 64 kWh
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (4 Options)
e-Niro ‘2’ (from £30,345)
e-Niro ‘2’ 64 kWh (from £32,445)
e-Niro “3′ (from £37,100)
e-Niro ‘4+’ (from £39,395)

PROSCONS
Affordable electric compact SUV for families and good all-rounderThe exterior stying is not for everyone
Good EV range39 kWh battery option has limited range
Winner of WhatCar? Car of the Year awardThere is room for improvement for the interior

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery size (39 kWh and 64 kWh)
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1560
Width (mm):1805
Length (mm):4375
Wheelbase (mm):2700

e-Niro 39 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:39 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):180 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):153
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:96 mph
0-60 mph:9.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100
Max Power (bhp):134
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,667
Colours:5

e-Niro 64 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):282 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):159
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:104 mph
0-60 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (bhp):201
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,812
Colours:5

The Kia Niro PHEV SUV


The Kia Niro concept car was first shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Kia Niro compact SUV has been manufactured since 2016. The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has been available since 2017.

The Kia plug-in electric SUV has a 8.9 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 30 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 25 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Kia plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

KIA e-Niro Plug-In Hybrid SUV
The KIA e-Niro PHEV SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (1.6 GDi)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (3 Options)
PHEV 2 (from £30,765)
PHEV Connect (from £31,355)
PHEV 3 (from £32,655)

PROSCONS
Affordable plug-in electric compact SUV for families and good all-rounderThe exterior stying is not for everyone
Cheap to run on electric mode8.9 kWh battery option has limited range
Economical fuel consumptionOn board charger limited to 3.3 kW

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (8.9 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:31g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1545
Width (mm):1805
Length (mm):4355
Wheelbase (mm):2700

1.6 GDi PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:8.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):30 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):201.8
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Top Speed:107 mph
0-60 mph:10.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (bhp):139 (combined)
Torque (Nm):265
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,594
Colours:6

The All-Electric Kia Soul EV SUV


Like the Kia e-Niro pure electric car, the all-new Kia Soul EV SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia. Kia started developing the all-electric SUV in 2013 and the electric vehicle (EV) was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

The EV is practical and versatile and more affordable, compared to other e-SUVs. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) is available in one battery size (64 kWh), with a zero-emission electric range of up to 280 miles (WLTP). The EV is capable of up to 100 kW DC rapid charging, with a 7.2 kW on board charger. The environment friendly EV is more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

Kia soul electric SUV EV
The All-Electric KIA Soul EV SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (1 Option)
Soul EV ‘First Edition’ (from £37,545)

PROSCONS
Affordable electric compact SUV for families and good all-rounderThe exterior stying is not for everyone
Good EV rangeBoot space is limited
Easy to drive and decent electric performanceThere is room for improvement for the interior

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (64 kWh)
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1605
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4195
Wheelbase (mm):2600

Soul EV ‘First Edition’
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):280 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):157
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:104 mph
0-60 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (bhp):201
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,757
Colours:3

The Kia XCeed Compact PHEV SUV


The Kia XCeed compact crossover SUV has been manufactured since 2006. The XCeed was designed specifically for the European market. The model is currently in its third generation. The hybrid variant concept was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Auto Show.

The Kia plug-in electric SUV has a 8.9 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 30 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 25 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Kia plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Kia XCeed Plug-In Hybrid SUV
The Kia XCeed Compact PHEV SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Compact SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (1.6 GDi)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (2 Options)
PHEV 3 (from £31,805)
PHEV 4 (from £35,055)

PROSCONS
Affordable pricesSmall EV battery/ limited range
Cheap to run on electric modeRear seats not as spacious as alternatives
Good standard specificationsOn board charger limited to 3.3 kW

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (8.9 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:38g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1495
Width (mm):1826
Length (mm):4395
Wheelbase (mm):2650

1.6 GDi PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:8.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):29.8 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):201
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Top Speed:99 mph
0-60 mph:10.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):44.5
Max Power (bhp):139 (combined)
Torque (Nm):265 (combined)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,596
Colours:6

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV


The XCeed vehicle was designed specifically for the European market. The estate (Sportswagon) is available in both a convention internal combustion engine (ICE) variant and as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The model is currently in its third generation. The hybrid variant concept was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Auto Show.

The Kia plug-in electric estate has a 8.9 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 29 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 24 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Kia plug-in electric estate is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (1.6 GDi)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (1 Options)
3 PHEV (from £30,540)

PROSCONS
Affordable prices. A practical family estate carSmall EV battery/ limited range
Cheap to run on electric modeNot the most inspiring drive
Good standard specificationsOn board charger limited to 3.3 kW

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (8.9 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:33g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1465
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4605
Wheelbase (mm):2650

1.6 GDi PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:8.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):29.2 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):188.3
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Top Speed:106 mph
0-60 mph:10.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):44.5
Max Power (bhp):139 (combined)
Torque (Nm):265 (combined)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,614
Colours:8

The Kia Sorento PHEV SUV


The Kia Sorento mid-sized SUV has been manufactured since 2002. The current fourth-generation Sorento was unveiled in February 2020.

The Kia plug-in electric SUV has a 13.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 35 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 30 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Kia plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid
The Kia Sorento PHEV SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (1.6 T-GDi)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (3 Options)
PHEV 2 (from £45,245)
PHEV 3 (from £49,145)
PHEV 4 (from £53,495)

PROSCONS
A seven-seater with ample space. Practical for familiesNot as affordable. Other better priced alternatives available
Cheap to run on electric modeNot available as a two-wheel drive option
Good standard specificationsOn board charger limited to 3.3 kW

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (13.8 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:38g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1700
Width (mm):1900
Length (mm):4810
Wheelbase (mm):2815

1.6 T-GDi PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:13.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):35 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):176.6
Charging:On board charger: 3.3 kW AC
Top Speed:119 mph
0-60 mph:8.4 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (bhp):261
Torque (Nm):350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:7
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,099
Colours:6

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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