If you wanted to drive an electric Kia today, your only choices are the electrified versions of their current internal combustion engine models such as the Niro EV and the Soul EV. Unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated EV lineup or model just yet.
But, that will all change very soon, and as early as 2021.
The South Korean automaker has announced that they are set to launch a complete new lineup of dedicated battery electric vehicles (BEV). The first of these BEVs will be arriving next year and are destined to become global models. At the moment, Kia has not revealed much about the BEV just yet, not even the name. The model does carry the codename “CV” for the time being.
Unfortunately, there are no performance or design details about the model either. As such, it is still uncertain whether CV will be a sedan, hatchback, or even a crossover. Kia does mention that the upcoming model will “offer the same competitive product quality” and “eye-catching design as Kia’s other vehicles”. The new BEVs will also feature “high-performance driving and recharging characteristics”.
CV will be the first of seven dedicated BEVs, ranging from sedans to crossovers, that Kia plans to launch in the upcoming years. All seven will be launched by 2027. The automaker hopes to BEVs will account for 25% of global vehicle sales by 2029.
“Kia has sold more than 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the introduction of our first mass-produced BEV in 2011, the Kia Ray EV. Since then, we have started to introduce a range of new BEVs for global markets and announced plans to accelerate this process in the years ahead. By refocusing our business on electrification, we are aiming for BEVs to account for 25 percent of our total worldwide sales by 2029,” said Kia president and CEO, Ho Sung Song.
With Kia shifting attention to EVs, they might just have what it takes to go up against Tesla and other EV manufacturers in the future.