We are excited that the Kia Niro EV is heading to Colorado! The new Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for drivers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while happily driving past gas stations. Part of the great fun of EV ownership is the futuristic aspect of the vehicle you’re driving. The Niro EV is not only a blast because of its powerful and torquey motor, but it also makes a fantastic techy whirring noise when moving that evokes speedy sci-fi craft. The sound, though, is actually produced by the Pedestrian Warning System, a speaker and controller assembly mounted behind the front bumper. Without it, the Niro EV would be silent, possibly very cool, but which some consider a potential hazard to pedestrians. So, the car makes its fantastic futuristic whir so everyone knows it’s coming. While we apologize to those who wanted to believe they really were piloting an earth-bound spaceship, they can take comfort in the knowledge that the Niro EV is still a very sophisticated machine.


The energy and power for Niro EV comes from a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled 64kWh lithium ion polymer battery that is packaged under the floor of the vehicle to allow for minimal passenger space intrusion. Fast charging rates are brief, so even extended road trips can continue after only short charging intervals. Features of the Niro EV battery and powertrain include 201-horsepower electric motor with 291 lb.-ft. of torque, Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge is standard equipment – approximately 100-mile recharge in 30 minutes or 80 percent total battery capacity in 75 minutes and level 2 (240v) at 7.2 kWh charger needs approximately 9.5 hours for a full charge.


With 291 lb.-ft. of torque, the Niro EV’s powerful electric motor offers plenty of pull and, well, electrifying get-up-and-go. Add to that a low center of gravity due to the floor-mounted battery pack and a 106.3 inch-long wheelbase, the Niro EV delivers a vehicle that’s entertaining to drive, stable and feels planted and substantial on the road. Of course, driving style affects the amount of energy expended, and the Niro EV is equipped with a variety of tools that put lots of useful energy management control in the driver’s hands, including:

  • Four drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Eco+ – that automatically adjust regenerative braking level, air conditioning and heating settings, and even set speed limits to help manage operating efficiency
  • Brake and Hold System feature allows regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a full stop, adding energy to the battery that would be lost using normal braking
  • Smart Regen System adjusts the regenerative braking level based on a vehicle being detected in front of the Niro EV and can create smoother coast-down driving, especially when descending a steep road5
  • Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster that helps to keep the driver aware of real-time power distribution based on accelerator pedal input


When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different advanced electrified powertrains. This battery-electric Niro EV is right on trend as drivers are shifting more and more to electric vehicles while looking for the attributes of crossovers, such as the higher seating position and the utility and function for varied lifestyles . In order to provide the Niro EV its own character, it has several unique exterior and interior design cues, including:

  • Unique front fascia with closed off grille – no need for an open grille, since there’s no internal combustion engine to cool
  • “Arrowhead” LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Specially-designed 17-inch alloy wheels engineered to help reduce drag and improve efficiency
  • Revised front and rear bumper with blue trim accents – unique to the Niro EV
  • High-tech rotary shifter dial (shift-by-wire) with available customizable “mood” lighting
  • Niro EV-only seat upholstery with blue highlights
  • Available special blue and black high-tech “holographic” graphic door trim


The Niro EV is loaded with high-tech, advanced automotive technology to complement its status as a state-of-the-art, all-electric vehicle. Equipment includes the “Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below.

  • 7-inch color touchscreen with rear view monitor and parking guidance
  • 6-speaker audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM8) with USB input
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Standard wireless smart phone charging
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity with voice recognition

“Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)

  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Parking Distance Warning - Forward and Reverse (available)


New for the Niro EV is a revamped UVO telematics system that allows owners to monitor and control a long list of vehicle operations, including:

  • Notifications of battery and charging status
  • Real-time charging station update
  • Panic notifications – the vehicle will send a notification to the server if the panic alarm is triggered and the system dials 911 emergency services, provides the car position via GPS, and opens a live microphone so that emergency workers can communicate with the vehicle occupants
  • “Send-to-Car” points of interest (POI) and waypoints — owners will be able to plan a road trip with waypoints and send it to the vehicle’s navigation system
  • Pre-condition the vehicle cabin temperature prior to use