Posts Tagged ‘ev’

Kia and HMG Launch EV RoboRide Service in Korea

Friday, June 17th, 2022
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During the 2022 CEO Investor Day, a conference held by Kia Corp, the automaker shared its vision for Kia in 2030. Building upon the original Plan S Strategy, a business plan to help Kia Corp achieve a 6.6% global electric vehicle market share, the automaker planned to produce at least 11 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. Already underway, and increasing the number to 14 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027, the automaker is set to launch at least two BEVs per year between 2023 and 2027. The Plan S Strategy was actually a two-fork path, with its sights set on EVs and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). Becoming ever increasingly popular, like the presentation by parent group Hyundai Motor Co at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (2022 CES), HMG and Kia are working towards a lineup of PBVs, starting with the Kia Niro Plus, a robotaxi launched in Korea.

The RoboRide car-hailing service has started operations in Gangnam in Seoul, South Korea. Produced with IONIQ 5 battery electric vehicles (BEV) as its base model, the RoboRide utilizes in-house developed level 4 autonomous driving technology, making it the first car-hailing service with autonomous driving vehicles to operate in Gangnam. With Kia’s home town in South Korea, it makes sense to test this service overseas, and especially in Gagnam, one of the most congested areas in metropolitan Seoul. It’s unclear if this RoboRide car-hailing service is the same as the Kia Niro Plus Taxi Model, also said to launch in Korea, and based off of the Kia Niro EV.

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The Kia EV6 is a Luxury EV

Friday, June 10th, 2022

The next few years in the auto market are going to see a big change. Electric vehicles (EVs), battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), and even hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCEVs), are going to slowly become a more dominant share of inventory. Where there was doubt, there is now surprise and delight. Automakers all over are starting to work on an all-new EV lineup, whereas Kia Corp already has a healthy head start. With the release of the all-electric Kia EV6, the South Korean automaker eventually brought the EV to the states through Kia America, and we even got to test drive the EV6 at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. We can tell you one thing for sure – this EV is like a silent killer with all the power of a high performance car but none of the bang. Moreover, many automotive journalists are calling the EV6 a step for Kia Corp into luxury vehicles.

Kia Corp would claim its first launch into the luxury vehicle segment would be with the 2022 Kia Carnival. Called a “multi-purpose vehicle” (MPV), the Carnival looked like a cross between an SUV and a minivan on the outside, and the inside provided a VIP lounge area for passengers with a full recline, raised power footrests, comfortable headrests, and heated and ventilated leather seats. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard, one for the instrument cluster, the other for the new Kia Connect infotainment system. A 12-speaker Bose stereo was available for optimum beats. It sure feels like a luxury entry, so what could journalists be talking about when it comes to the EV6? There are some similarities.

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Kia America Announces Pricing for EV6

Friday, February 4th, 2022
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The all-new all-electric Kia EV6 was released back in 2021 by Kia Corp, but consumer may not have seen it on the street just yet. In fact, aside from flashy advertisements, where is the Kia EV6? It was overseas, of course, but not Kia America is ready to bring the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to the states. Whether you call it a hatchback or a compact SUV, the EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle to come from Kia that has no gas-powered predecessor. Built on the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 is riding on the foundation all of the future electric vehicles (EVs) by Kia will be riding on. With the Plan S strategy in full effect, if Kia wants to obtain 6.6% global EV market share, than they need to branch out and start selling EVs everywhere, even in the stubborn market of America. As the Kia EV6 starts hitting showroom floors, the starting MSRP has been shared, with the base trim set at $40,900 (plus destination fee).

Surprisingly, the MSRP jumps by nearly $7000 from the EV6 Light with rear-wheel drive (RWD, base) to the EV6 Wind RWD, but it’s mainly due to the power setup. According to the press release, just like before, the energy-dense battery pack powering the EV6 comes in two sizes – 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. If getting the base model, consumers will be locked into a rear-wheel drive model powered by the 58.0 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor able to yield up to 167 horsepower. This model has an EPA rated all-electric range (AER) up to 232 miles. The EV6 Wind, also with RWD, is powered by the 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor able to generate up to 225 horsepower. This setup can deliver an AER of 310 miles.

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Kia and Hyundai Shift All Focus to EV Development

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole (the Group) are one of the most forward-thinking automotive groups out there. Kia has been working on hybrid cars, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), electric vehicles (EVs) – also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) – and even hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. With the majority of the industry moving towards EVs, competition is going to get even fiercer, and that means those already up ahead in the race need a little boost to stay ahead. A staff email leaked to South Korean newspapers tells us that the Group is taking the competition seriously and is shifting all of its focus onto electric power.

The last model only equipped with an internal combustion engine is the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, capable of generating 290 horsepower, this may be more or less a minivan, but the 2022 Kia Carnival can accelerate from 0-60 mph in seven seconds. A step towards a life of luxury on the road, this MPV can seat up to 8 passengers comfortably, and even comes with a VIP lounge seating setting for full reclining seats, raised power footrests, comfy headrests, and a customizable leather seat trim. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard can provide the driver with information and access to entertainment options. There is also a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with a 12-speaker Bose stereo. Another luxury SUV, the Kia Carens, was teased, but that’s it.

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Kia and Hyundai Secure New Plant for BEV Cell Production

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
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The spotlight has been on the new all-electric vehicle from Kia Corp, the Kia EV6. With a showcase during the Emmy Awards over the weekend and “America’s Got Talent”, there is certainly a lot to look forward to. A first for the automaker, the EV6 is the first all-electric vehicle with no predecessor. With that came not only its own powertrain but also its own platform, the new E-GMP platform built in 2020. Recently receiving the ‘Carbon Measured’ from Carbon Trust, a certification that the EV6 is eco-friendly. With so many vehicles in the lineup, how will Kia factor in the production needed for battery-electric vehicle (BEV) battery cells? Don’t worry, it’s all going to plan – the Plan S Strategy.

In early January 2020, Kia Corp was still Kia Motors, and came out with big cojones. The Plan S Strategy is the business plan Kia Corp will be using to dominate the electric vehicle (EV) market, owning a 6.6-percent global market share of all EVs sold. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but currently, there are more than 200 models available in various parts of the world. Multiply that by one million, and 6.6-percent is suddenly a lot more powerful. If all goes well, this could soon become a reality.

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Kia EV6 Receives Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust

Friday, August 13th, 2021
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What is a carbon footprint? A term that started to become more familiar, maybe new for some, a couple of decades ago, is not commonplace when it comes to taking care of the planet we live on. Earth took billions of years to take shape and become habitable, so surely it has billions of years of resources and life in it right? Those billions of years happened naturally, and humans are just speeding up the sands of time. Automobiles are a huge part of the carbon footprint, and with the slow shift to greener fuel solutions, automakers like Kia Corp will be leading the way into a cleaner future. In fact, Kia Corp recently received the product carbon footprint certification and ‘Carbon Measured’ label for the Kia EV6 all-electric vehicle from the global climate change and sustainability consultancy, the Carbon Trust.

First, a carbon footprint is a term used to describe the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds produced when consuming fossil fuels like oil by a particular person, group, event, organization, service, place, or product. Everything from the food we eat to the waste we produce can play a part in someone’s carbon footprint, but mostly, it’s stuff like energy (gas vs electricity), transportation (personal vs public) and elimination of resources (waste vs recycling). We still have a long way to go, but all-electric automakers can help curb things exponentially.

“This is important validation of a broad range of measures we are now taking to reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle throughout its lifecycle. As we introduce more electrified models to our line up over the coming years, we will step up our sustainability efforts and ensure we are achieving high levels of transparency when it comes to environmental impact. It has been great to work closely with the Carbon Trust to achieve the Carbon Measured label as one of our first steps to implement new sustainability initiatives.” – Sangdae Kim, Head of Strategic Business Planning Division at Kia

Now, the Carbon Trust is definitely a new name to us, but we may be seeing it a lot more often as more green vehicles make their debut. Just like the ABC Waymo self-driving car needs to get certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before hitting the road, an all-electric vehicle should also come with its own certification. The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organizations around the world that advises many businesses in a variety of industries how they can achieve a sustainable, low carbon world. Just like it did with Kia Corp, the Carbon Trust certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains, and products.

When measuring the total greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions were measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) to provide consumers with information about the carbon impact of their purchase of the vehicle in question. The Kia EV6 was measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment, reviewing the entire life cycle of the emissions from the extraction of raw materials to its eventual termination or end-of-life – we’re talking chemicals here, so if nothing is burning, then shelf-life and half-life is what we’re looking at. That could be years, decades for some. The Carbon Trust ‘Carbon Measured’ label is a validation for the accuracy of these measurements, giving consumers a better idea of how the EV6 can help them reduce their carbon footprint.Want to go green and help reduce your carbon footprint? Look for the Kia EV6 and other hybrid or electric vehicle options at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Inside Sources Leak EV KIa Telluride

Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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Kia Corp has been very busy as of late, starting to deliver on the all-electric lineup promised years ago when the automaker announced that it was going to become an all-electric automotive brand. The Kia EV6 is just the start of electric vehicles (EVs) to soon make up the majority of the lineup, if not a large percentage. According to the Kia Corp Plan S Strategy, at least 11 EVs should be released by 2025, but that semiconductor chip shortage is affecting everybody. How any automaker can keep up with the increasing demand for EVs and green solutions is a mystery, but Kia Corp charges forth with an EV SUV and a new favorite on the horizon.

Following the EV6, and how can you top that? The South Korean automaker has already announced that an electrified version of the subcompact Seltos crossover is already on the timeline for the next EV to join the lineup, set to launch in 2022. Perhaps this is Kia Corp tinkering around with the E-GMP platform that made the EV6 possible. First, we start with an electric large car – not quite small enough to be a sedan, it’s more or less a hatchback. That makes perfect sense then to slowly move the size of the vehicle up by first adopting the new platform for a small crossover. One would say the next one on the list should be a full crossover or small SUV, but inside sources say a full-size SUV is planned to debut for the 2023 or 2024 model year.

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The Kia Motors EV6 is in Demand

Friday, May 7th, 2021
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Earlier this year, Kia Motors unveiled something extraordinary. It was the all-electric Kia EV6. This is a first for the automaker, having always released plug-in hybrid and electric versions of vehicles after an internal combustion engine was the precursor. One exception is the Kia Niro, released in 2017, and the first hybrid compact SUV of its kind; a plug-in hybrid and eventually an electric vehicle followed. The EV6, however, has no precursor, and is starting off as an all-electric vehicle, also referred to as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Popularity for the Kia BEV is already rising overseas, with over 7,000 units ordered in Europe alone.

” Kia has opened factory orders for the ground breaking EV6 following a successful European reservation phase. The brand obtained 33,000 prospects, including 7,300 reservations. On top of that, more than 26,000 customers showed interest in Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle. Thanks to this remarkable performance, Kia already secures 300% of the expected sales volume for 2021. Customers will be able to order the EV6 from their local dealer from today, ahead of production starting mid-2021.” – Kia Motors

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Kia K8 Powertrain Options and Safety

Friday, April 16th, 2021
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Kia Motors is an automaker that is either falling apart or building a conglomerate, because like the Hindu god, Durga, Kia has sprouted many arms and is working in multiple directions for the future. From electric vehicles (EV6) to multi-purpose vehicles (Carnival MPV), this South Korean automaker is one surprise after another. Year-after-year, Kia Motors ranks high in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, but only among mass-market vehicle brands, not all of them. To change that, the newest venture from Kia Motors is the luxury sports sedan, the K8, to dominate the luxury car segment as well. We’ve talked exterior, we’ve checked out the interior, now let’s look at some specs of the Kia K8.

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The massive interior space of the cabin is thanks to a larger vehicle overall, with extended length, optimal height and width, and a longer wheelbase. Even at the size, the K8 is still the lightest sedan on the market. So, what kind of powertrain will be under the hood of the vehicle? At launch, four powertrains will be available.

Two of the powertrain options are the same state-of-the-art 3.5-liter Smartstream powertrain, except offered with a GDI (gasoline direct injection) fuel delivery method for 295 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, or a LPI (liquid propane injection) that can generate 236 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque. If looking to test the “Sporty” name that this sedan is aiming for, then consumers will want the 3.5 GDI Smartstream powertrain. A performance-orientated front-wheel-based AWD K8 model will also be available at launch. (more…)

Kia Motors Journey to the EV6

Thursday, April 8th, 2021
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Back in 2019, during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors had recently announced that it would become an all-electric automaker with an Imagine by Kia concept. Later that year, Kia released one all-electric concept, the Futuron, and later another electric concept in April 2020. It would seem that the automaker has since split off into three directions since then – electric vehicles, purpose-built vehicles, and sports cars. If the 2021 Kia K5 is anything to go by, the new generation of the Kia Optima, then sports cars are alive and well in the Kia Motors lineup, and after the first wave of the pandemic, Kia Motors and parent group Hyundai Motors were in talks of purpose-built-vehicle (PBV) production. Did Kia Motors forget about electric vehicles (EVs)?

Not even close.

Before the first wave of the pandemic went global, Kia Motors announced its Plan S Strategy to become the leading automaker in the EV market. With a goal of a 6.6-percent global EV market share and 25-percent of all sales coming from eco-friendly vehicles by the end of 2025, there is still a ways to go. Still, this isn’t to say Kia Motors hasn’t been gearing up for its all-electric future. After the first wave of the pandemic hit and businesses started getting back to work, Kia Motors was quick to invest in a new 800-volt battery system for upcoming EVs. Before the end of 2020, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and Kia Motors debuted a new BEV platform, called the E-GMP, dedicated to electric vehicles and future EV production.

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