Kia To Speed Up e-Niro And Soul EV Deliveries In 2020
Kia has confirmed that on the back of unexpectedly high demand for the all-electric e-Niro in the UK as well as demand for the Soul EV, it will ramp up deliveries of the two models.
In a statement, Kia revealed that the initial UK allocation for the e-Niro sold out within weeks of going on sale this year. Now, the South Korean company says it has sufficient supply to clear the existing 3,000 customer waiting list during the first six months of 2020. When these deliveries are out of the way, supply will increase further in the second half of the year.
“Since launching e-Niro at the beginning of the year, we have received unprecedented demand, which has been a challenge to fulfill,” said Kia Motors UK chief executive Paul Philpott. “As we enter 2020 with the Soul EV and e-Niro, we and our 190-strong dealer network are ready to meet customer demand for all-electric cars.
Customers in the United States can order the Kia Niro EV from local dealerships but in Europe and the UK, the vehicle is known as the e-Niro. Outfitted with a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the e-Niro is good for a range of up to 301 miles (485 km) on a single charge using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). By comparison, the Niro EV is quoted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having a range of 236 miles (380 km).
As for the Kia Soul EV, it too is fitted with a 64 kWh battery and packs an electric motor with 201 hp. It is good for a range of 281 miles (452 km) in Europe.