The automobile industry is an ever-changing place, and although many automakers are leaning towards self-driving vehicles and autonomous cars, alternative fuel technology is still plugging away at the market, carving out a niche for itself that’s still growing. Sure, Kia Motors may have self-driving cars in five years, and Kia Motors has a cool learning-based smart cruise control system thanks to their involvement in the Hyundai Motor Group, but Kia Motors is also thinking green. Kia Motors has already stated that the automaker is set to become the next all-electric automaker with the new all-electric Kia Futuron concept. Plus, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors together recently achieved a large milestone, having sold one million HEVs over the last ten years (and counting!) The best-selling HEV during that time was none other than the Kia Motors very own, the Kia Niro.
Kia Motors may have changed the industry the day the automaker released the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid subcompact crossover. The success of the hybrid crossover was so strong, Kia Motors released a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro in quick succession. Now, the latest addition to the Kia Niro family is the Kia Niro EV, also known as the e-Niro overseas, and this electric subcompact crossover is already seeing much success.
Early 2019, Europe already received the Kia Niro EV with 10,000 units delivered. All 10,000 units were sold in less than a month, leading to the Kia Niro EV winning its first award, the “Car of the Year Award” by consumer magazine and website What Car?. The electric crossover could see a lot of popularity in the states as well. As some consumers may not know, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) are eligible for federal tax credits come tax season for the year the vehicle was purchased. Because PHEVs and EVs have a large battery that can greatly reduce carbon emissions (close to or zero for EVs), the government basically pays consumers to go green. Owners of the Kia Niro EV can write off $7500 during their taxes; owners of the Kia Niro Plug-in are able to write off $4,543 according to fueleconomy.gov and the 2018 model year for the PHEV.
The Kia Niro EV is an electric crossover with a little of everything. A 201-horsepower electric motor sits under the hood and gets the Niro where it needs to go swiftly and silently…like an automobile ninja. With a great interior design and easy handling, the driver isn’t the only one with a lot of room and comfortable ride. Plus, the Niro EV recently won “Car of the Year” by Popular Mechanics for its hybrid technology.
Aside from the costs the Kia Niro EV can save consumers at the pump, costing less than $5 in most places to fully charge, the electric crossover also saves when it comes to maintenance costs. EVs don’t require an oil change, spark plugs, fuel filter, catalytic-converter replacement or an emissions inspection, and Kia Motors warranties the battery for 10 years or 100,000 miles – whichever comes first. With a range of 239 miles on electricity alone and the growing amount of charging stations across the United States, drivers are going to get a lot of miles out of this vehicle in no time. The U.S. Department of Energy recently reported that there are currently (2019) more than 20,000 charging stations installed nationwide, and 16-percent of them are DCL fast-charging units. When using a DC fast charge, the Niro can be brought to 80 percent capacity in 75 minutes. Take a break, grab a meal, and you’re ready to hit the road once more.
The Kia Niro EV is available now. Be sure to check with Miami Lakes Automall Kia to find out when you can find yours.