Now it’s Kia’s turn to fire off a new EV in a market that is rolling faster than the Indiana Jones boulder. The Kia Ray EV will be Korea’s first production electric vehicle, but there are currently no plans to release one stateside. Recently we saw the Ford Focus Electric with its 100 mile range per charge and 3-4-hour battery charge time. The front-wheel-drive Kia Ray EV is slated for an 86 mile range per charge and 6 hour charge time via a 220-volt outlet. The car also offers a fast charge mode that takes 25 minutes to fill the battery (most likely to just top it off for extending the trip a few extra miles).
The 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack is also smaller than the Focus Electric’s 23kWh lithium-ion, and the Ray will be capable of 0-62MPH in 15.9-seconds. Watch out there, Speed Racer! Torque on the Ray EV will be 123 lb.-ft., which is a significant step up from the Ray EV’s 1.0-liter gasoline sibling, the regular old Ray. Drivers can choose from D (Drive), E (Eco) or B (Brake) modes to maximize efficiency.
Like the Ford Focus Electric, the Kia Ray EV is expected to offer a regenerative braking system to put juice back into the battery when the brakes are applied, but it’s different than most systems on the market, according to Kia. The Kia Ray will use an Active Hydraulic Booster that utilizes the electric motor to create hydraulic pressure for the brake system.
Kia is currently manufacturing 2,500 Ray EVs for government use, and select models will feature an in-dash GPS that displays all local charging stations within the current vicinity.
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