Kia Niro EV revealed in production form with ambitious range promises

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Kia Niro EV

Back at CES in January, Kia teased an upcoming Niro EV crossover that boasted a Chevrolet Bolt-rivaling 238 miles of range. While that concept also had 5G connectivity and a new infotainment system with gesture controls that didn’t seem bound for production, the Niro EV itself is destined for showrooms.

Kia on Friday showed the first photos of the Niro EV as it made its debut at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, Korea. Minus the flashy show car add-ons, the styling largely mimics that of both the CES concept and the standard Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrids. The automaker said the Niro EV will use a 64 kWh battery pack that will allow for an estimated 280 miles on a single charge (450 km). A separate 39.2 kWh pack from…

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