Kia Unveils New BEV, Promises Models to Suit All Budgets

Kia pledges to market a range of BEVs to suit all wallets as it reveals its upcoming compact CUV.

Paul Myles, European Editor

October 12, 2023

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Small BEVs to join Kia's current lineup in South Korean automaker's product portfolio.

Kia unveils its latest production-ready battery-electric vehicle, the EV5, together with two smaller concept models as it spells out its future BEV strategy.

The EV5 joins the existing models from the automaker, the EV6 and EV9, and will be offered on its BEV platform, E-GMP, with production plants sited in both Korea and China where it will be available in three range levels: standard, long-range and long-range all-wheel drive.

The standard model, equipped with a 64-kWh battery pack and a 160-kW (214-hp) motor, is expected to have a driving range of 330 miles (531 km) per charge according to the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC). The long-range model, featuring an 88-kWh battery and the same 160-kW motor, aims to achieve a range of 447 miles (719 km) per charge.

The long-range AWD model will also feature the larger battery pack but boasts a combined output of 230 kW (308 hp), with a front-wheel 160-kW motor and a rear-wheel 70-kW (94-hp) motor. For this model, Kia is hoping for a driving range of 403 miles (649 km) based on the CLTC standards. Fast-charging capability claims a charge from 30% to 80% capacity can be achieved in 27 minutes.

The driving range of each model will be tailored to meet individual market demands. The model will also offer a regenerative braking system and an i-Pedal system that allows drivers to both slow down and accelerate using a single pedal.

During the unveiling, Kia expands on its BEV strategy with plans to market a wide-ranging lineup priced from $30,000 for the B-segment EV3 Concept to $80,000 for the range-topping D-segment EV9.

The automaker also plans eight new BEV production plants globally by 2025. These facilities will encompass R&D, production and supply, with Korea serving as the central hub.

In Europe, Kia will focus on the production of small and medium-sized BEVs, while in China, the emphasis will be on midsize and large BEVs. Strategically designed EV models tailored for emerging markets will be produced in India. Kia also plans to introduce a diverse range of EV models in North America in response to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Ho Sung Song, Kia president and CEO, says: “Kia is keenly focused on providing solutions to the concerns that continue to cause hesitation when it comes to making an EV purchase. We will meet customer expectations by offering a full lineup of EVs at various price points and improved charging infrastructure availability. As a sustainable mobility solutions provider, Kia’s transition to electric vehicles is a must, not an option.

"By developing advanced EV technology, bold design, and intuitive services, and applying them to our entire EV lineup, our ultimate aim is to provide Kia’s unique value to as many people as possible. The acceleration towards electrification begins now.”

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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