Kia Niro EV shoots for 200-plus-mile range

Concept unveiled this week at CES

2018 Kia Niro EV Concept (Image: Kia Motors)

LAS VEGAS – Kia showed off a new all-electric SUV concept Monday that it hopes will have a range of 238 miles on a single charge.

That number is significant since, just a few years ago, mass-production electric vehicles were doing well if they hit 100 miles on a single charge.

To date, the only all-electric mass-production vehicles with ranges over 200 miles are the Chevrolet Bolt and several Tesla models.

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2018 Kia Niro EV Concept

For Kia, the concept vehicle unveiled this week at CES in Las Vegas is called the Niro EV Concept. It is a lightly restyled version of the company's existing Niro hybrid compact SUV.

As a concept car, it has some very forward-thinking features, like full autonomous driving ability and a system that warns nearby pedestrians and bicyclists its presence, since electric cars can be nearly silent at low speeds.

It also has a light-up panel instead of the traditional air intake, since electric cars don't need as much cooling ability as traditional gasoline-powered cars. That panel is designed to display information like the battery's charge level.

2018 Kia Niro EV Concept