Less than ten years ago, Kia began development of its Soul electric car and now it’s one of the world’s leading makers of low carbon models, but is still keeping the internal combustion engine option open.
As it prepares to roll out the forthcoming Niro range across Europe including hybrids and battery only models as its latest offerings in a truly massive range, Kia is mindful that some parts of the world don’t have an electric charging infrastructure.
So Kia needs to continue building and selling petrol engined models to maintain its place in the global car industry, as Kia Motors UK head of public relations Daniel Sayles explained.
“Kia has an extensive programme of electrification over the next few years,” he said.
“We will be introducing 14 new electric models by 2027 including the EV9 large SUV with seven seats and then we intend to roll out more in a programme which will see the newcomers with suffix numbers 1-9. We already have the EV6 sports model which is the basis for the EV9 and they are being built on Kia’s Electric Global Modular Platform.”
Like other car makers, Kia has developed a ‘standard’ platform which has a few fixed points but can be fitted to a car of any length or width and share a common powertrain layout but of differing outputs.
So the next generation Xceed and its family will be using the EGMP base and it can be modified for smaller models over coming years.