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A lot of great things have been happening for Kia Motors in recent years, and most currently, they debuted a lineup of outstanding vehicles. At the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul, 2020 Kia Soul EV, and 2019 Kia Niro EV were presented, and the 2020 Kia Telluride was revealed at the 2019 NAIAS. Kia Motors even showcased some pretty cool autonomous technology at the 2019 CES. Out of all of these, the Kia Niro EV was the most elusive. As we get closer to its release (date still yet unannounced), here’s everything we know about the 2019 Kia Niro EV.
Already Named Car of the Year
Back when the Kia Stinger first debuted, the vehicle won many awards before it was even released. Following the tradition, Kia Motors has yet to talk any details about when they plan to release the 2019 Kia Niro EV to the public, but in the European market, the Kia Niro EV has already been named “Car of the Year”. This award came from consumer magazine and website What Car? and the Kia Niro EV, called the e-Niro in European markets, is the first Korean car to win the prestigious award.
Out of the 23 competitors during a competition in Britain, including vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, and even hybrids, the fully-charged zero-emissions Kia came out on top. This is thanks to its high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, known for travelling up to 280 miles. That’s one of the powertrains currently set for the 2019 Kia Niro EV. An optional 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles was also once discussed, but at the moment, it has little spotlight.
Kia Motors is currently blowing up with alternative fuel vehicles. Most recently would be the 2020 Kia Soul EV that shared center stage with the 2020 Kia Soul at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. We’ve been hearing a whole heck of a lot of good news about the Kia Niro EV, also known as the e-Niro overseas, and are patiently waiting for it to be added to the North American lineup. Before that happens though, we’ve already received some more good news. Receiving the “Car of the Year Award” by consumer magazine and website What Car?, the Kia Niro EV is the first Korean car to win the prestigious award.
“Everyone at Kia Motors (UK) Limited and Kia Motors Corporation is honoured and delighted that the e-Niro is the first Korean car to win the What Car? Car of the Year Award…This marks an important milestone in the Awards as we approach the tipping point where every motorist will be seriously considering buying an electric car as their next car.” – Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia Motors UK.
The competition took place in Britain, since the vehicle has yet to make much headway with Kia Motors North America just yet. Out of 23 competitors, including vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, and even hybrids, the fully-charged zero-emissions Kia won out over all of them. Going on sale in the UK on April 1, 2019, a release date for American sales has yet to be released, but based on the cost in euros prior to the £3,500 taxpayer-funded plug-in grant subsidy for buyers of ultra-low emission vehicles, it comes out to around $$41,000. That feels a bit steep given the Niro Plug-in Hybrid has a starting MSRP of only $28,500 (plus destination fee).