Kia has unveiled its first electric utility vehicle (PBV). The focus is on overall mobility, for which the vehicle is specifically designed. The Niro Plus will later be shipped globally, such as for car sharing or as a vehicle for transportation providers such as Uber.
This model is powered by front-wheel drive with an electric motor up to 150 kW (204 hp). Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h will be 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 167 km/h. Lithium-ion batteries of various sizes are used to supply the drive with energy, with a total storage capacity of up to 64.0 kWh. According to the realistic WLTP driving cycle, it is possible to travel 455 kilometers on a single charge.
The battery can be charged with alternating current (AC) using the onboard charger for up to 5 hours 50 minutes. When connected to a household outlet, a full charge takes 17 hours and 50 minutes. Direct current (DC) can be obtained from public fast charging stations to charge the battery up to 80 percent in 42 minutes.
Kia plans to release a home-use version of the Niro Plus that will be used for business and entertainment purposes, including car-finding services. For example, South Koreans envision a scenario in which a small business owner uses Niro Plus for their business, such as transportation services, during the week, and then uses it for leisure over the weekend.