There’s no doubt that electric cars will be a significant part of the American car market in the future, and Kia is jumping in first. In a new announcement reported by Car and Driver magazine, the Korean automaker says it will have at least 11 EVs available by 2026.
It looks like Kia is stepping up its game after its split with Apple earlier this week. We know this because the automaker has pushed back the timetable for EVs by a full year.
Does Kia sell electric cars?
2020 Kia Niro EV | Kia
Those looking to buy an all-electric Kia in the US in 2021 will have only one option: the Niro EV. Although the brand offers several hybrid-powered vehicles, the Niro is the only true electric car in the lineup. With a base price of $39,090, the Niro is significantly more expensive than the Nissan Leaf ($31,620) and the Chevrolet Bolt EV ($36,500).
With an electric range of 239 miles, the 2021 Kia Niro EV exceeds the Leaf’s maximum range of 226 miles, but falls short of the Bolt EV’s estimated 259 miles. Yet during the road test, the electric crossover was convincing in the categories powertrain, fuel economy, acceleration and braking.
Unfortunately, this electric Kia did not live up to expectations in terms of reliability, as significant powertrain problems were reported. So it’s impressive that Kia is moving to 11 all-electric vehicles by 2026.
11 models for sale by 2026
Kia EV range | Kia
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In late January, Kia announced its new plan for the brand, as well as the above image for its future lineup of electric vehicles. However, the original announcement stated that these new models would be available by 2027. In a recent update reported by Car and Driver magazine, that deadline has been pushed back a full year, to 2026.
According to Car and Driver, seven of these all-new Kia models will use Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP architecture. According to JD Power, the first EV to use this platform will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover in 2022. The Korean automaker will add four electric vehicles to its current range. As a result, many of these EVs will have a familiar face.
It looks like the first of Kia’s planned EVs will be a telluric EV codenamed CV, reports Car and Driver. The goal is to achieve an electric range of 300 miles, with a 20-minute charge time.
Will petrol cars soon be a thing of the past?
Red 2021 Kia Stinger GT2 in action | Kia
Don’t worry, Kia’s latest plan calls for the death of gasoline-powered cars. However, Car and Driver reports that the Korean automaker plans to base 40% of its sales on EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids by 2030. It is expected that 1.6 million cars will be sold by 2030. Of this large amount, the automaker plans to offer 880,000 of them as EVs. As a result, we may see less investment in gas vehicles to fund this ambitious new plan.
Given the problems with the Niro EV, it probably won’t be as easy as expected. But since the Korean manufacturer no longer has a partnership with Apple, it can focus exclusively on implementing this brand new plan.