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The Kia Niro EV has been slow to build as much attention as its hybrid and plug-in hybrid counterparts stateside, but overseas it has been selling like hot cakes. Maybe the name of a well-known company for reviewing and conducting studies on the latest new vehicles will get people talking. Well, it’s just in time for J.D. Power & Associates to put their automotive department to work and collect all the latest data for the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, focused on ranking the number one electric vehicle (EV) among all other mass-market brands available today.
When it comes to J.D. Power studies, every study works by sending out surveys to owners and lessees of EVs who have purchased or leased the vehicle for at least 90 days. So, like any other study, the EVX study comes from survey responses from 9,632 owners of 2015-2021 model year BEVs and PHEVs between October and November 2020. Conducted in partnership with PlugShare, the leading EV driver app maker and research firm, J.D. Power was able to make quick work of this study to find the leading models and brands.
We’re finally in the final days of 2020, and everyone is hoping for a HappIER New Year for 2021. This just wasn’t the year we were expecting. There are some interesting things happening in the automotive world amidst all the madness. In early December, Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), also known as The Group, also known as the automotive group that Kia Motors belongs to, HMG unveiled its new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform for future vehicles. Building a fully-dedicated system for upcoming and new electric vehicles is not only a step in the right direction for streamlining electric vehicle (EV) production, but also opens up a whole new lineup of EVs. After all, why invest in a BEV platform if there are no plans to use it?
“Today our front-wheel driven Hyundai and Kia BEVs are already among the most efficient ones in their segments…With our rear-wheel driven based E-GMP, we are extending our technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.” – Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group
Standardization is a Key Strategy
As we mentioned, having a dedicated BEV platform allows for quicker production of BEVs and EVs going forward. With the E-GMP, The Group suspects that the platform will be flexible enough for sedans, SUVs and even crossovers, with a high-performance model able to accelerate from 0-60 mph under 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. Now that is some powerful stuff for an electric vehicle.
Alternative fuel vehicles are slowly popping up from just about every automaker these days. To not realize that plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) are not the face of the future is a fantasy only oil companies believe in. Sure, fossil fuels were made over millions of years ago from decaying plant matter under tons of pressure, but one day it will run out. Of course, lithium and cobalt, and how we recycle these materials is another issue to address but going electric will eventually be an option many automakers must face. Others have been going in full-tilt for years now, and with Kia Motors testament to becoming the next all-electric automaker, it’s going to need a little help from its parent automotive group, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), also known as The Group. Recently, The Group revealed a brand-new electric platform for its next generation of battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
BEVs and EVs are basically the same thing, so don’t get confused. Why some automakers felt the need to add “battery”, unsure, but the E-GMP will be the first dedicated BEV platform to come from HMG. The full name for this platform is Electric-Global Modular Platform and was revealed during a digital event to keep in line with social distancing of a post-pandemic world. Whether this new platform makes up the foundation of Kia Motors first all-electric vehicle (that has no predecessor), the Kia Futuron, is uncertain. However, HMG states that the E-GMP will become the platform for all new BEVs, starting in 2021.
A little over a year ago, Kia Motors made headlines when the automaker announced that it would soon become the world’s next all-electric automaker. In early 2020, Kia Motors released its “Plan S” strategy, during which time the plan was to release 11 new electric vehicles (EV) by 2025 and eventually become the world’s leading EV automaker with 500,000 EVS sold worldwide. Now with 2020 nearing its final months and auto manufacturers back to work, Kia Motors has revealed its future plans with another look at its global electric vehicle (EV) business strategy.
“Kia has sold more than 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the introduction of our first mass-produced BEV in 2011, the Kia Ray EV…Since then, we have started to introduce a range of new BEVs for global markets and announced plans to accelerate this process in the years ahead. By refocusing our business on electrification, we are aiming for BEVs to account for 25 percent of our total worldwide sales by 2029.” – Kia President and CEO Ho Sung Song
The plans are to expand the lineup with 11 new Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEV) by 2025, with Kia Motors aiming to hold the greatest EV sales with these 11 accounting for 20 percent of the brand’s total vehicle sales in advanced markets, including Korea, North America and Europe. At the same time, these 11 BEVs are mainly just concepts at the moment. The first seven dedicated BEVs still won’t launch until 2027, with the first of these mystery vehicles code-named “CV”. It will be the first official BEV to come from Kia Motors but there’s still so much unknown about it.
Kia Motors has been pretty busy in recent years, and although COVID-19 hit the auto industry hard, the automaker came back swinging. Alongside purpose-built vehicles, Kia Motors has also jumped into investments with Aurora Innovation, and started several joint ventures with EV startups, like CODE42.ai to revolutionize the way electric vehicles work today. Part of the Hyundai Motor Group, Kia Motors is always getting in on the ground floor of new ventures and benefits from the results, like the MoceanLab development, working on self-driving electric vehicle fleets as a new ride-hailing service. One problem automakers have faced since the dawn of electric vehicles (EVs) was the development and production of EV batteries and how they impact the ecosystem. The Hyundai Motor Group enters into a collaboration with SK Innovation Co. to design new forms of battery management service and battery reuse and recycling, as well as improve the image of EV batteries in the industry.
Kia Motors is one of the automakers that bounced back from the pandemic shutdown with a vengeance. Right from the gates, Kia Motors blew up the auto industry by spearheading the production of Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs), investing in a new 800-volt battery system for electric vehicles (EVs), and announcing a new plan to design and produce micro EVs. Kia Motors, part of the Hyundai Motor Group, is also working with the automotive group to develop new forms of transportation, with projects like the MoceanLab. The most recent venture for Kia Motors is a new partnership for the development of customized EV mobility services.
Called “Purple M”, a new joint venture was created in partnership between Kia Motors and CODE42.ai, a Korean technology firm pioneering the transition to autonomous Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS). Unlike the customization app Kia Motors released for EV models, the goal of customized EV mobility services are to create transportation services tailored for specific needs, such as ride-hailing, fleet management, demand-responsive shuttle, and smart logistics. With the implementation of CODE42.ai’s unrivalled IT technology to Kia Motors already strong global presence, Purple M will make use of CODE42.ai’s proprietary Urban Mobility Operating System (UMOS), a comprehensive mobility platform, to create new concepts for mobility services. The two groups share a common goal many automakers are currently chasing after – creating a mobile ecosystem where anyone and everyone can get some kind of private or public transportation.
“With the newly established Purple M, Kia will be reborn as a leader for the era of e-mobility…CODE42.ai is a leading Korean company in the field of future innovation technology, and is the best partner for successfully promoting a differentiated e-mobility service business.” – Ho Sung Song, CEO and President of Kia
The challenge will be how quickly the common public will adapt to autonomous vehicle and air transportation services. A self-driving electric vehicle is one thing, with many organizations gaining popularity across the world, but trusting a total stranger to fly you somewhere? Sure, thousands of people get on planes driven by someone they don’t know every day, but that guy is a for sure board-certified pilot. We have a way to go before AirUbers become a thing.
Back to the electric vehicle side of things, Purple M is all about establishing a comprehensive and flexible e-mobility service platform that can deploy EVs anywhere. To do this, the joint venture will need to expand and shake hands with specialist providers in the country, specifically Korea and its various mobility market players to develop a flexible e-mobility infrastructure that can offer a wide range of services to a broad consumer base versus a small, controlled populace. Most-likely though, any e-hailing service will start small.
Purple M also aims to develop models and vehicles that will set new standards for mobility business models in the post-coronavirus era, an objective Kia Motors was also quick to learn about. Automakers can’t just keep producing the same bread-winning models and expect business as usual. Purple M was made to challenge conventional designs and reimagine transportation for the future. We’re also going to see part of Kia Motors Plan S Strategy come to fruition. The Korean automaker wanted to establish a leadership position in the future automotive industry when it came to electrification, connectivity, and autonomy. Through Purple M, Kia Motors will be collaborating between larger, well-established firms as well as smaller, younger companies in Korea to establish a new start-up ecosystem, an empire of sorts.
As Kia Motors continues to push the auto industry forward, we’ll continue to eagerly watch what comes next. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.
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Kia Motors has reopened for business and is steadily starting manufacturing plants back up with safety measures in place. Optimistic about the rest of the year and years to come, Kia Motors has already begun to follow through with its Plan S Strategy, despite the shortcomings caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. When Kia announced the Plan S Strategy in January, the automaker had many large goals and a two-track plan – Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs). Already working towards PBVs with HMG, Kia Motors has announced two new upcoming EVs in the coming years to meet their goal of releasing 11 EVs by 2025, starting with a dedicated model in 2021. Whether it’s the Kia Futuron teased prior or another vehicle this new EV from Kia Motors has impressive specs.
When first teased, the Kia Futuron concept was one of the first EVs Kia Motors was to release. With a fresh design that also gave a futuristic feel to it with a geometric patchwork of matrix LED lighting, wide stance, and long wheelbase, it doesn’t look like your typical EV. Although a powertrain has yet to be released, we have already received some data on the capabilities of this EV, able to drive about 300 miles, give or take with regenerative braking, and can charge up in less than 20 minutes.
With all of Florida still under a stay-at-home order, and with an uncertainty of how long it will last, eventually, people are going to want to be able to go out or visit family and friends. With financial hardships and many industries seeing an all-time low, getting around won’t be easy. Being able to travel long distances on a budget will be something of great value. Kia Motors is one automaker seeing this fact already becoming common overseas, with European sales for new hybrid and electric vehicles going strong in the first quarter of 2020, despite global crisis and disruption caused by the spread of the coronavirus.
“The first three months of 2020 have been challenging for the whole industry due to social distancing and lockdown measures adopted across many European markets…However, we have seen growing sales for Kia’s range of hybrid and electric cars – every electrified model line we sell in Europe has seen sales growth this quarter. The arrival of new plug-in hybrid models, improved availability of EVs, and an expanded Ceed model family has also boosted our sales and market share this quarter.” – Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe
All-in-all, during the first quarter of 2020, Kia’s market share has grown from 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 to an all-time high of 3.7 percent. New electrified Kia models – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles – now account for nearly a fifth of all new Kia sales in Europe. With an automaker that claims to go all-electric in the coming years, Kia Motors already has a growing lineup of alternative fuel vehicles, and electric vehicles aren’t the last stop.
The latest news about Kia Motors becoming an all-electric automaker has seemed to die down, but not before the automaker unveiled the all-electric Futuron concept in late 2019. Set to be the first all-electric vehicle in the lineup that didn’t have an internal combustion engine model before it, the Kia Futuron may be a few years away, but not as far off as another alternative fuel source slowly gaining more attention – hydrogen fuel cells. This year, Kia Motors was originally supposed to release its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, following the footsteps of Hyundai Motor, in charge of the Hyundai Motor Group that Kia Motors is a part of.
Hydrogen fuel cells are definitely less practical than plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles, but with the growing interest and popularity of alternative fuel vehicles worldwide, Kia Motors is already ahead of the competition with its wide selection of hybrid, PHEV, and electric vehicles (EVs). Making up the 2020 Kia Motors alternative fuel lineup are the Kia Niro, Kia Niro Plug-in, Kia Niro EV, Kia Optima Hybrid, and the Kia Optima Plug-in. With this wide selection between hybrid sedans and a hybrid crossover, there’s a little something for all kinds of consumers.
Are you in the market for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle? Maybe going green with an all-electric? Contact us at Miami Lakes Automall and ask about how we can help you shop for a new Kia Motors vehicle during a time of social distancing.
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Kia Motors has quite the surprise in store during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November 2019. The overseas compact crossover that has been doing so well in India is going to have a global debut after all. During the 2019 LA Auto Show, we got a good look at the U.S. specifications for the new Seltos, with the 2021 model making its way to America. Soon after, as per the pattern for Kia Motors, word is an all-electric Kia Seltos could be added to the lineup by the time the 2021 arrives. If this plan goes into production, the Kia Seltos EV will be joining the Kia Soul EV and the Kia Niro EV as the first pure-electric lineup offered by Kia Motors, a soon-to-be all-electric automaker.
Two powertrains were mentioned for the 2021 Kia Seltos, a now with a 145hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is able to generate up to 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. The latter is tied to a dual-clutch transmission. Whether or not Kia Motors will supply two different electric powertrains to match this is so far unclear. With the Kia Seltos crossover sitting between the Kia Soul and Kia Sportage in the model lineup, it is possible that the Seltos will receive a similar powertrain.
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.