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.
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.