The South Korean passenger car maker Kia Motors has signed a MoU with Andhra Pradesh state government. The company has donated three electric cars Kia Niro Petrol-Hybrid, Plug-In-Hybrid and full Electric variants. It also set up an electric car charging station equipped with two regular chargers on the premises of the Secretariat at Vijayawada.
According to the company, The Niro electric car is capable of travelling 455km with a single charge. Its battery can be recharged to 80 per cent in just an hour via fast-charging stations.
The Kia Niro Petrol-Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine along with 32kW AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor. The engine delivers 105PS power, 148Nm of torque and the motor offers an additional power of 44PS, 170Nm torque. The electric motor draws power from a 6.5Ah Lithium Ion Polymer battery. The engine is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch auto transmission.
The Niro Plug-In-Hybrid uses a 45kW motor that draws power from an 8.9kWh battery to offer 80PS power. It can also be charged fully via a 3-pin wall socket in just 2 hours, 15 minutes. The car comes with the 7-inch infotainment system and a host of safety and driver assistance functions.
As of now, there is no confirmation about Niro cars launch in India, but it is expecting to hit the Indian roads by 2020. Recently, the company has commenced its production process in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh where the first production car will be launched in 2019. Kia Motors is looking to repeat its global success in India as the world's fastest-growing car market. The company also unveiled its SP concept SUV at the recent Auto Expo 2018 which has got an overwhelming response from the visitors.
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