Kia ramps up electric plans

Kia has announced it will offer 11 electric vehicles by 2025, including the launch of a new dedicated EV next year, as part of its 'Plan S' strategy.

Some ambitious targets have been set, including a global EV market share of 6.6% by 2025, 25% of all Kia's sales coming from eco-friendly vehicles by the same date, and annual global sales of half a million EVs and one million eco-friendly vehicles by 2026.

The plans are backed by £19 billion in investment as the company lays out its ambitions for its mid-term future. The EVs will start with a new crossover model in 2021 with a range of more than 300 miles and ultra-rapid charging capabilities. Others will then come online from 2022 as Kia establishes a full line-up of EVs in its passenger vehicle range.

Kia is set to develop two charging set-ups, with 400V or 800V systems available depending on models. These will enable rapid charging of up to around 100 kW for the 400V systems, or far quicker charging on the 800V at speeds approaching 350 kW.

As well as it's investment in ultra-rapid charging network Ionity, Kia will also work with local partners to set up mobility hubs in key global cities. Those that promote the use of zero-tailpipe emission vehicles could see these hubs established with EV charge points, vehicle maintenance centres, and convenience facilities.

Kia is hardly lagging behind its rivals in the electric vehicle market as it is. The second-generation Soul EV arrives soon, and the Kia e-Niro is one of the leading cars in its class. A growing range of plug-in hybrids supports the pure-electric line-up.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:15th Jan 2020

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