Kia's Niro EV concept is a battery-powered 201bhp small SUV

Kia's Niro EV concept is a battery-powered 201bhp small SUV

Kia's human machine interface supports face and voice recognition that allows the vehicle to recognize who's piloting it, and then adjust the settings to their programmed preferences. The new Niro EV Concept is expected to be able to cover up to 238 miles (383 kilometers) on a single charge.

The first signs of that push for EVs is the Kia Niro EV Concept, making its debut at CES today.

Connected cars are also part of Kia's long-term plans.

The exterior changes from the regular Niro and Niro Hybrid include the grille replaced by an interactive display panel (its says "Helle CES" on the CES car), new headlights, a tweaked bumper at the front an a redesigned back end for improved air flow.

A spokesman for Kia UK said: "Kia is aiming to be a leader in electric vehicle technology and will have 16 electrified models in the range by 2025, many of which will be arriving very soon indeed". It will issue an alert if it detects a pedestrian or cyclist come in front of the auto. The fully electric SUV is based on the standard Niro, but features unique front and rear fascias.

Kia will present three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits created to show how the company will incorporate new technologies to enhance communication and interaction between occupants and vehicles. For example, the Niro EV Concept is equipped with the new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) which combines front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers to alert pedestrians or cyclists crossing in front of the auto.

Kia's Niro EV concept is a battery-powered 201bhp small SUV

Kia will display three different cockpit designs that show how their technologies can be adapted by future vehicles.

This Niro packs a 150kW (201bhp) electric motor powered by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

He further said, the FCEV is due for launch in 2020 and "will spearhead Kia's efforts to realise a zero-emission future for mobility".

"By 2025, we will offer a total of 16 advanced powertrain vehicles, with five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV".

"Virtual reality, self-driving cars and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future".

Before that, meanwhile, there'll be an expansion of Kia's WiBLE vehicle sharing service.

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