Kia Launches Two All-Electric Models
Kia has launched two new all-electric models to the Irish market. The Kia e-Soul and Kia e-Niro have already exceeded demand in Ireland for 192 and the manufacturer is now seeking interest for 2020. Both vehicles are available with long-range 64 kWh batteries, which a potential range of over 450 kilometres from a single charge.
The e-Niro incorporates the practicality and appeal of a crossover in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility. Inside the Kia e-Niro, the cabin combines a modern design with generous space and technologies that complement its zero-emissions powertrain.
The Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The electric powertrain packaging means the new model benefits from a more favourable weight distribution and a lower centre of gravity than its stablemates.
Matching the next-generation nature of its powertrain, the e-Niro offers drivers a range of Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, supporting motorists in a range of driving conditions and scenarios to mitigate the risk of collisions.
Prices for the new e-Niro start from €33,495 which includes VRT relief as well as government grants.
The e-Soul retains the strengths that have characterised earlier generations of the model, offering value for money, a roomy interior for five occupants, and high levels of space and versatility.
The e-Soul is fitted with a range of energy-recuperation technologies to maximise driving range. This includes Kia’s energy efficient heat pump system, which scavenges waste heat from the car’s coolant system. It also features Kia’s innovative individual ventilation and air conditioning system, which shuts off cabin ventilation at the source to all seats except the driver’s – unlike other systems, which merely divert air to open passenger cabin vents.
Like the e-Niro the e-Souls electric powertrain packaging means it benefits from a lower center of gravity than many combustion-engine vehicles. The flat battery pack is located beneath the cabin, giving the e-Soul a center of gravity more akin to that of a sedan or a hatchback.
The exterior design of the e-Soul has been described as fresh, funky and distinctive. Every exterior panel on the e-Soul is new, yet it remains instantly recognisable by staying true to its boxy origins. inside, the e-Soul’s interior space is finished with acoustic-inspired shapes and textures, creating a full sensory experience.
The new Kia e-Soul will be sold in Ireland exclusively as an electric vehicle with the long-range 64kw battery with a range of 452 km as standard.
A range of passive and active safety systems ensure that occupants remain as well protected as possible on every journey. Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) help to reduce many of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving.
Prices for the new e-Soul start at €35,995 which includes VRT relief and an SEAI grant.
To find out more about the new Kia all-electric range visit Kia.ie