According to Recent update, Kia, the Korean automaker that just unveiled the all-electric EV9 seven-seater SUV, wants to significantly increase the number of zero-emission vehicles by the end of 2027, with as many as 15 models launched internationally over the next four years.
Kia now sells the Niro EV and EV6 in the United States, with the EV9 SUV set to begin manufacturing in Georgia next year, but according to the company’s European marketing chief, David Hilbert, this will change soon.
With all-electric vehicles, the Korean automaker would “cover all major segments,” according to Hilbert, who hinted to Autocar that the revamped portfolio will range from a city-going EV1 to the EV9. However, not every new model will be available in the United States, as little electric vehicles have historically proved unappealing to American consumers.
Instead, the smallest batch will be sent to Europe. Furthermore, the Asian brand will continue to offer vehicles with different powertrain options, like as the Niro, which can be ordered in select countries with electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid systems. It’s a strategy similar to Toyota’s, which recently revealed plans to bring solid-state batteries with ranges of up to 900 miles to market by the end of the decade.
The EV5, which debuted in China in the fourth quarter of this year, will be the next new all-electric Kia to make its debut on the Old Continent and maybe in the United States. The concept car having the same name previewed the EV5 in March.
In Europe, the emphasis will be on smaller vehicles such as a compact crossover rivalling the Jeep Avenger and perhaps bearing the EV3 brand, as well as a Volkswagen ID.2-rivaling EV1 that will have the same underpinnings as the next-generation Hyundai i10.
Furthermore, Kia will continue to offer hatchbacks and sedans in the future, rather than shifting to an all-SUV inventory.
The Korean automaker wants electrified vehicles to account for more than half of its global sales by 2030, as it aims for a 34% increase in overall global volume to 4.3 million units.
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