Citing a company official, The Truth About Cars reports that an all-electric version of the Kia Niro will likely join the upcoming hybrid and plug-in versions of the subcompact crossover.
In response to a query regarding the possibility of a Niro EV, Orth Hedrick, Kia America vice president of product planning simply said “Stay tuned.” Hedrick’s response hints that the a Niro with an electric powertrain is a strong candidate to join the redesigned Rio and new Stinger performance sedan as part of the company’s expanded lineup.
Last September, Kia Motors’ chief operating officer Tae-Hyun Oh indicated that more stringent local emissions regulations were prompting the company to examine the feasibility of offering an electric version of the Niro.
As the Niro is underpinned by the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq, it’s reasonable to expect that an EV model would adopt the same battery pack and offer a range of up to 124 miles.
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