Kia and Hyundai haven’t focused too much on green-cred in the past but that’s all changing with an onslaught of new EVs, hybrids and plug-ins. Between 2016 and 2020 they have promised the launch of a combined 28 green vehicles including several long range EVs. The 2019 Kia Niro EV (known as the eNiro in other markets) is the second of these EVs following the successful Hyundai Kona EV. The Niro, Kona, and upcoming Soul EV all share a 201 HP electric motor and a battery capacity rated at a healthy 64 kWh, about 28% more than a base Tesla Model 3. That’s enough to give Kia’s practical hatchback a real world range of around 240 miles if you tick the option box for the heat pump system. In our real world test, that’s a whopping 60 miles farther than the base Tesla. Does that make the Niro king of the EV hill? Not quite since Kia is limiting sales to just 12 states for the moment.
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