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Kia lays out plans for EV growth in Europe

Kia has outlined plans to increase sales of pure-electric vehicles in Europe to more than 20% registrations by 2026.

The Korean manufacturer will offer 11 EVs by 2025, across a range of vehicles; the next is due to be a long-range crossover, based on a dedicated electric platform in 2021. This will have a range of more than 310 miles on a charge, and ultra-rapid charging will allow a sub-20 minute charging time.

Every new Kia launched in Europe will feature some sort of electrified powertrain, though this includes mild hybrids and hybrids, as well as plug-in hybrids and pure-EVs in this statement.

However, with the success of the e-Niro, now alongside the new Soul EV, Kia has a strong pure-electric portfolio - which will only get stronger with next year's forthcoming dedicated EV crossover.

Kia is seeing huge growth in EV sales in Europe, with the first quarter of 2020 up 75% compared to the same period the previous year. EVs now make up 6% of European sales for the company.

This is set to continue, particularly if recent's SMMT figures for UK EV registrations are anything to go by. Kia is due to expand EV options with new models including SUVs, MPVs, and conventional passenger models.

Future models will have varying charging capabilities available. Buyers on a tighter budget will be able to pick a 400 V charging set-up for rapid charging. An 800 V charging set-up will also be available for ultra-rapid charging, and this won't be reserved only for flagship models. Kia has said that options will be available for models that could cover a range of usage types.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:13th May 2020

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