Kia’s electric car portfolio is already very strong, with Soul EV, eNiro and the new EV6 now available, but the South Korean company will not rest on its laurels.
A.D. It plans to launch 11 new EVs (EV6 is the first of its kind) by 2026 and extends its name agreement throughout the region – so expect to see EV1, EV2, EV3 and more in the coming years.
We sat down with K. UK President and CEO Paul Philpot to discuss the company’s electric vehicle strategy, and to come up with a better idea of what we can expect in the next five years – and we put out our crystal ball to help. We will create a picture of what the upcoming Kia EVs will look like.
For now, Kia’s plans are limited to battery-powered vehicles, but another major renewable energy source is hydrogen – and the advantage here is that Kia is more familiar with fuel cell technology than most manufacturers.
“We are part of a South Korean-based Hyundai Motor Group. “South Korea is a major producer of hydrogen, and as Kia moves forward with AV, Hyundai is also experimenting with hydrogen.”
So there is a little bit of hydrogen potential that can be drawn, which, if the technology is properly developed, will put Kian in a strong position – although that may be just a short time.
“Hyundai is currently experimenting with hydrogen. It raises all kinds of infrastructure issues, but I think hydrogen will be a viable alternative to electricity in the long run, ”said Philip.
Although hydrogen-powered cars are already available in limited quantities and selected markets. We drove the Hyundai ix35, a hydrogen fuel cell, five years ago, and this year we put the new Toyota Mira in its feet in Southern California.
The issues are still the same as they were five years ago: there is a lack of infrastructure to support these vehicles, gas stations are few and far between and current hydrogen supplies are low, and installation costs are higher than gasoline cars.
“Electricity is very good, it gives electricity producers durability,” says Philip. Hydrogen has other challenges, but I think it’s a viable option for the future, and that should be good.
Using solar energy
One of the quickest things we see in Kia electric cars is the solar panels. They are already under the roof of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (in some markets) – and it’s no secret that the two companies share resources.
While Philippot is not sure if we will definitely see the solar panel’s alternative features by any of the remaining 10 EV launches by 2026, Filipot has hinted that it is at least possible.
“As part of the larger team, that joint research and development, that technology is in our team, it’s a question of commercializing one of our new products, but I can’t confirm a planned introduction right now,” he said.
This is one that should be closely monitored. While solar panels do not have enough power to fully charge an electric car battery, the panels on Ioniq 5 can provide up to 2,000 km / 1,243 miles (5-6 km / day per day) per year. In sunny areas.
That is not enough to cover most daily trips, but it is a free zone with no waste products other than the construction of panels, and in the next few years we have seen that solar panels are more efficient and even more efficient. More range for electric cars.
Look, there is no cable!
Another highlight of this year’s EV technology is wireless charging, which currently promises to build a mile-long wireless charging station in the UK and US in Michigan.
There are currently no major EVs offering wireless chargers as standard, but the upcoming Genesis GV60 offers an alternative – and Genesis is also part of the Hyundai Motor Group, which means Kia will have access to the technology, and research behind it.
But don’t worry too much, because the wide range of wireless charging pads and the large pool of EVs are still far away.
“Wireless charging will come later, but it raises various infrastructure questions about how you control it, where it goes”.
“The underground charger will be amazing, because you don’t have to plug in [EVs] Inside, you may have to pay while driving, but I still think some distance.
So while we are charging our phones wirelessly in many EVs today, wireless cars themselves will not be available in a short period of time.
Region, region and additional region
What you expect from some Kia Electric vehicles just starting out is the continued improvement in your range.
According to Philip, Kia has already made progress here. It says:[battery] Technology is growing rapidly, and the movement from eNiro to EV6 is 282 miles to 328 miles [of range] -That is a significant increase.
And Kia is not finished there, as Fiapot predicts even more EV territory in the coming years. “That growth rate, the frequency of new products, is seeing the region grow,” he said.
But electric cars are only half the battle. EVs still need to be recharged, and that now takes much longer than refueling.
When connected to a high-speed charger, the Kia EV6 offers a 10% -80% charge in 18 minutes, which is a positive step forward, but still eight times longer than a reasonable gas station.
“Charging speed is just as important as the region, and the region has significant limitations to some extent,” he said, but it is important to find charging speeds and fast chargers. [a] Easy [solution]. “
It is theoretically a simple solution, but it is very difficult to make high-rise apartments in crowded city centers, and places where heavy parking lots and chargers are installed.
Obviously, the EV market will continue to grow with more innovative and exciting technologies, new ways to power and charge, and many new vehicles to choose from.