Kia Motors will introduce two new electric vehicles (EVs) at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas. The company will display both its Ray production Electric Vehicle (EV) and Naimo EV concept car. Both vehicles feature advanced lithium polymer battery packs.
The Naimo EV concept car also introduces an all-new User Centered Driving (UCD) telematics concept. The UCD concept features future possibilities in safety, media and entertainment in-vehicle technologies including facial recognition technology and a number of interactive features.
Launched in December, the new Ray is the first EV in the world assembled on the same production lines as its regular combustion-engine sibling, and is built exclusively for the domestic Korean market.
Capable of a range up to 86 miles on a single charge, the Ray EV is powered by a 50kW electric motor and a 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack engineered to be capable of a 10-year lifespan. The battery requires only six hours to be fully charged using a 220V outlet and just 25 minutes while in "fast charge" mode.