2019 Kia Niro EV: First Look – Cars.com


affiliated automakers Hyundai and Kia
have basically just doubled the number of all-electric models they sell here in
the US so we can’t blame you if you’re a little confused until recently the only
all-electric models available were versions of the hyundai ioniq and kia
soul but now we have forthcoming V’s based on the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro
with an electric version of the redesigned soul just around the corner
confused yet well here’s the important stuff the ioniq and the outgoing soul
were relatively low range by today’s standards with epa rated ranges of just
124 and 111 miles respectively the kona electric with a much higher capacity
battery is now rated at 258 miles ranges for the next generation so levy and the
new Niro evey are still pending but both have the same battery which suggests
that we should see them join the very small but growing ranks of two hundred
plus mile electric cars very soon which brings us to the Niro evey now it rides
the same platform as all electric versions of the kona and the redesigned
2020 soul so it gets a 201 horsepower electric motor that puts out 291 pounds
feet of torque it draws all that power off a 64 kilowatt hour liquid cooled
lithium-ion battery pack drivers can choose between eco normal sport and eco
plus modes that balance comfort drivetrain response and efficiency
visual differences versus the Nero hybrid are what you’d expect for any
electric car including a closed-off grill some aerodynamic effects on the
bumpers and side sills and special 17-inch wheels the battery pack cuts
cargo space by about one cubic foot kia says while the interior gets unique blue
highlighted upholstery and an available rotary shifter the car goes on sale and
well-equipped e^x and e ex premium trim levels now here’s the bad news if you
love electric cars like its siblings the Nero evie isn’t going to be available to
most shoppers the ionic electric is sold only in California and the other three
are slated for dealerships in select markets officials say that very likely
means California Oregon and a few other states that mandate a certain number of
vehicles are zero emissions maybe give or take a few additional states
depending on the particular car and brand now if you’re in one of those
areas and the Nero Evy is available to you stay tuned because it goes on sale
in February of 20 nineteen you