Kia took the wraps off the Niro EV Concept at CES, a fully-electric compact SUV. It’s equipped with a 150 kW electric motor and a 64 kWh battery pack that gives it a range of 238 miles. For comparison, the standard Tesla Model 3 can take you on a 220 mile long trip before running out of juice, while the 2018 version of the Kia Soul EV has a range of only 111 miles.
The electric car draws inspiration from the current Kia Niro in terms of design, sporting an elevated body and wide C-pillars. But it ditches the tradition grille, which isn’t required on EVs for cooling the engine, for an interactive display panel.
Kia’s concept also has a great safety feature on board called Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS). When it detects a pedestrian or a cyclist, the system will make a sound, warning people of the car’s presence.
The interior of the Niro EV Concept has a minimalistic design and is packed with technology. The infotainment and HVAC systems can be controlled with gestures on the steering wheel. Swiping the base of the two-spoke wheel allows you to skip tracks, turn the volume up or down, and even adjust the ventilation settings.
What’s even more impressive is that the EV supports face and voice recognition, which were developed in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This allows the vehicle to automatically adjust various settings based on each driver’s preferences.
The Kia Niro EV Concept will go on sale in the second half of the year. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.