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Kia Soon to Release All-Electric 2018 Niro, Brand Set to Have 8 EVs by 2022

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The all-electric 2018 Kia Niro
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Kia has established its reputation for producing eco-friendly autos. Both Kia and its sister Hyundai are speeding toward the goal of having 31 green-car models in production by 2022. This would include plug-in hybrids, hybrids, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and battery electrics. Hyundai and Kia claim that eight of the planned 31 autos will be all-electric.

Holding up to its end of the bargain, Kia has already introduced the 2017 Kia Soul EV. Its quiet electric motor combines with 210 lb-ft of torque made for a smooth, responsive ride. Though it yields only 109 horsepower, the Kia Soul EV is a noteworthy predecessor for more energetic EV models.

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Kia has acknowledged that not everyone prefers the boxy profile of the Soul. For consumers who prefer a more gracefully-contoured crossover, the fully electric 2018 Kia Niro model aims to please. Set for a late 2017 release, the 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is predicted to replace the Soul EV. Kia boasts that the model will provide enhanced performance capability as well as Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System) to enhance efficiency. Consumers can also anticipate a bevy of convenience features and entertainment technology.

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2018 Kia Niro PHEV

2018 Kia Niro PHEV should provide even more power and range than Kia’s Soul EV model
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The 2018 Niro PHEV is Kia’s next step toward the brand’s long-term ambition. As Orth Hedrick, vice president of Product Planning at Kia Motors America, articulates: “The Niro Plug-In is the exciting next step in Kia’s progression toward offering more alternative fuel vehicles.”  We look forward to more news about the new Kia Niro as we head into the second half of the year.

Source: Kia, Green Car ReportsKia