Korean automaker, Kia, already has an electric hatchback on the market now, the Kia Seoul EV. Kia plans to introduce a fully electric crossover SUV to their next generation lineup, with the 2018 Kia Niro EV. Kia already has an excellent hybrid crossover in the 2017 Kia Niro, with an EPA combined 50 miles-per-gallon rating and 600 miles of range with plenty of headroom and space for dogs/groceries.
The Kia Niro EV will be a welcome and affordable addition to the electric, sort-of-SUV market along with the Tesla Model X. The all-electric Niro will use a 28-kilowatt-hour battery pack and 88-kilowatt (120-horsepower) electric motor driving the front wheels. So while it may not be able to compete with a Tesla on the drag strip, the 2018 Kia Niro EV could make a great daily driver, errand runner, child drop-offer for many families concerned about their carbon footprint as well as their future fuel expenses.