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All-electric concept vehicle to debut at CES 2018

All-electric concept vehicle to debut at CES 2018

According to the automaker, the EV concept will feature a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain, a never-before-seen human machine interface (HMI) and a new "motion graphic" lighting system. The major tech event may seem like the least attractive place to unveil a vehicle and it greatly suggests that the Niro EV wants to be known for its technology rather than driving capabilities.

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is in full swing, and making its debut is the Kia Niro EV Concept. It'll go hand in hand with the automaker's plans for connected and autonomous cars, too. Meanwhile, an all-new fuel cell vehicle is slated to be launched by 2020.

When it commences production in the second half of 2019, Kia plans to produce a compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market. There are cameras and speakers mounted on the front of the auto.

Sporting an interactive display panel in place of the front grille, the Niro EV Concept is more aerodynamically streamlined and features a digitally-minded, minimalist interior decor, the intention being to maximize relaxation and easy communication.

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This Niro packs a 150kW (201bhp) electric motor powered by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

Kia also showcased a world first in-vehicle 5G connection at the show, with a real-time connection between Las Vegas and the firm's head office in Seoul, South Korea.

Since we're talking about a silent EV, Kia fitted it with new technologies meant to enhance safety for pedestrians. An Active Pedestrian Warning System on the show auto uses a variety of sensors to spot potential "obstacles" and can sound an alert if a pedestrian walks in front of the vehicle. "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, the Vice Chairman/Head, Hyundai-Kia R&D Centre, said.

In Level 4 autonomous vehicles, there is very high level of automation enabling a auto to operate without human input or control under select conditions of pre-defined areas or roads. Of those vehicles, five will be new hybrids, another five will be plug-in hybrids, and one will be a fuel-cell electric vehicle.