The All-Electric Kia e-Niro Sold Out Like Hot Cakes, But Do Not Be Disappointed, As More Of The Award Wining All-Electric SUV Will Be Delivered In 2020!
- Kia Motors, the Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The company already markets the Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Niro Self Charging Hybrid, New Sportage 48-Volt Mild Hybrid, All-New Soul EV and the All-New Kia e-Niro electric SUV.
- Kia launched the all-electric 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 e-Niro order book opened in the UK in January 2019.
- The all-electric Kia e-Niro has achieved unprecedented success since its launch earlier in the year. The BEV SUV won the prestigious ‘2019 What Car? Car of the Year’ accolade, making it the first electric car to win this award.
- The e-Niro also won the Carwow ‘Eco Award’ at the 2019 Car of the Year award. Other awards won this year include the ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year’ at the Auto Express awards and ‘Game-Changer’ at the Autocar awards.
- In fact, given the unprecedented levels of interest in the Kia e-Niro First Edition, the initial production sold out within a month of its launch in April 2019. However, cars can continue to be reserved for delivery in 2020.
- The success of the Kia e-Niro is not surprising. The all-electric SUV is positioned and priced at £36,495 as ‘affordable’ and relative to all-electric SUVs like the Jaguar I-PACE (£64,495) and the Audi e-tron (£71,520), the e-Niro is certainly far more ‘price accessible’ for potential buyers on a budget. But it is not only the attractive ‘acquisition cost’ that has fuelled the e-Niro success, but also the modest running costs. According to the car review website Parkers, the most efficient electric cars can travel three times the distance of their petrol or diesel rivals. The Kia e-Niro was on top of the list!
- The EV has a winning formula: affordable pricing, long zero-emission range of 282 miles and rapid charging (the EV battery can be recharged up to 80% in less than 60 minutes). All with a seven-year/ 100,000 miles warranty.
- The 64 kWh li-ion polymer battery can achieve a ‘city range’ of up to 382 miles (WLTP).
- The pure electric SUV is packed with technology to include, smart cruise control (SCC), smart regenerative braking, forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA), electronic parking brake, lane following assist (LFA) and wireless phone charging.
- The Kia e-Niro BEV is approved for the U.K. government plug-in car grant (PiCG).
- This EV has been conceived for the ‘masses’ seeking to migrate to zero-emission driving without having to ‘mortgage the house’ or constantly fear ‘range anxiety’. In fact, the automotive manufacturer’s deliberately positioning the design of the electric car as ‘regular’ is part of its aim to make it an ‘easy’ and ‘familiar’ step to electric driving.
Battery And Range
- Battery capacity: 64 kWh
- Battery type: lithium-ion
- Range (WLTP): 282 miles (combined)
- Capable of DC fast charging: 100 kW (0% to 80% in 54 minutes)
Power & Performance
- 0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
- Top speed: 104 miles
- Brake horsepower: 201 bhp
- Torque: 395 Nm
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