In fact, with so many carmakers pledging a raft of new EV cars in the years to follow, surely we now have to think about the various noises each will have to make? "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, the Vice Chairman/Head, Hyundai-Kia R&D Centre, said. Consumers are bound today by the idea that a auto is "just a vehicle", but Kia is committed to providing a broader solution to mobility. But Kia says this Niro EV Concept showcases significant tech advances and a range of 238 miles - which would put it right up against the Chevrolet Bolt EV and better than a standard Tesla Model 3's range.
When it commences production in the second half of 2019, Kia plans to produce a compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market.
For instance, since the traditional grille is no longer required for cooling the engine, Kia's designers have replaced it with an interactive display panel. A year ago the range was expanded with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version. Kia says the current powertrain found here utilizes new production technology which will be applied to other near-future vehicles. That panel is created to display information like the battery's charge level.
All this range is accomplished through a 64-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack paired with a single electric motor.
The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors. The safety system uses cameras to monitor for objects and is fitted with speakers to alert people who might be in the vehicle's way.
As you can tell most of the interactions with the car's system are done via touchscreen, although you can even "login" to the vehicle using face and voice recognition.
Next up, connected auto technologies will be a staple in every vehicle segment, with the goal to make every single model a connected auto by 2030.