Seoul 2011: Kia premieres Naimo Electric Concept Car

Seoul 2011: Kia premieres Naimo Electric Concept Car image

Text: / Photos: Kia Press | posted March 31, 2011 14:35

Found Ne-Mo

Taking its name from the Korean word "Ne-mo", (pronounced 'Neh-mo', meaning 'square shape'), Kia gives us the new Naimo electric concept car.

The new concept takes Kia's design further, with a mix of high tech design elements (i.e. an "air" wiper instead of a traditional wiper blade), clean lines and innovative features. Conventional door mirrors have also been replace with miniature cameras in the A-pillars.

"Naimo is a perfect balance of innovation, high-tech and Korean tradition.  It was heavily inspired by the purity and grace of traditional Korean arts and crafts, but combines this with cutting edge technologies to deliver a truly premium experience," commented Kia Motors' Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.

The third electric vehicle design to be unveiled by Kia Motors Corporation in a year, the 3.9-meter long Naimo concept explores the practicalities of introducing a zero-emissions, five-door, four-seater city car into a future niche market.

Power comes from a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with a maximum output of 109 horsepower and a maximum torque of 280 Nm, enabling Naimo to reach a top speed of 150 km/h.

A twin-pack 27 kWh battery is located under the boot floor and uses innovative Lithium Ion Polymer technology that offers numerous advantages over other battery types. Equipped with this battery, Naimo provides a driving range of 200 km on a single charge. To enhance range, the showcar is fitted with special low-drag 20-inch diameter alloy wheels.

Under the quick recharging cycle the Naimo's battery can be recharged to 80 percent of its capacity within 25 minutes while under the normal cycle 3.3kW, 100 percent power is attained after five and a half hours.

According to Kia, Naimo will join the Korean carmaker's growing test fleet of hybrid, electric and fuel-cell vehicles being extensively driven in widely varying conditions to develop future production models with zero or significantly reduced emissions.