During Kia’s EV day event, the automaker unveiled its highly anticipated electric vehicle, the EV5. Alongside this exciting launch, Kia also showcased two new concept vehicles that aim to enhance accessibility to electric vehicle technology. This demonstrates Kia’s commitment to advancing sustainable mobility options for consumers. The company is focused on providing a diverse range of electric vehicles (EVs) to customers. Their lineup includes the EV6 as well as the newer EV9, which boasts Level 3 autonomy and an impressive driving range of 336 miles. The company has ambitious plans to promote the widespread use of electric vehicles by introducing a range of models at competitive prices. They are looking to sell the EV5 initially, followed by the EV4 and EV3, with price tags ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. The aim behind this pricing strategy is to encourage more people to adopt electric vehicles.
Kia has added another electric vehicle to its lineup with the introduction of the EV5 SUV. This is their third fully electric vehicle and it has been built on their dedicated EV platform called E-GMP. Currently, Kia’s plan is to manufacture and sell the EV5 in China and Korea. In different markets, the specifications of the vehicle vary. In China, there are three variants available: standard, long-range, and long-range AWD. The standard model for China will be equipped with a 64kWh battery pack and a 160kW motor. It is anticipated to have a range of about 530 km or approximately 329 miles.
On the other hand, the long-range version of this product comes with a larger battery capacity. This enables it to have an impressive range of 720 km (447 miles) on just one full charge. The AWD model of the car will be equipped with a remarkable range of 650 km or 404 miles, making it suitable for long journeys. Additionally, it will come with fast-charging capabilities, allowing for efficient recharging on the go. On the other hand, the range of Korean models is expected to be adjusted to cater specifically to meet the demands and preferences of the local market. According to Kia, they have plans to release a GT variant with performance features at a later date. This will likely bring added excitement and options for those interested in the Kia brand.
The EV5 is an actual product that will be launching in the Chinese market soon. However, the other electric vehicles introduced by Kia during the event are currently in the concept stage and not yet available for sale. The EV3, shown in the image above, is expected to be a compact and user-friendly version of the EV9, according to the automaker’s plans. Kia has unveiled its upcoming electric vehicle, the EV4, which boasts a sleek sedan design with a low nose, sharp lines, and an innovative cocoon-inspired interior. The big question is whether Kia can meet the target price of $35,000 that many electric vehicle manufacturers aim for with their models. Only time will tell if Kia can achieve this goal for any of their mentioned vehicles.