Korea may be home to a few of the world’s biggest automakers in Hyundai and Kia however, with the exception of concept cars, it’s not till currently that the country has launched an electrical vehicle. supposed completely for the Korean market, the Kia Ray EV shares a similar dimensions because the Ray CUV (crossover utility vehicle) that was launched last month, however rather than a one.0-liter gasoline engine, the automobile is powered by a fifty kW electrical motor and a sixteen.4 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that provides it a variety of up to 139 km (86 miles) on one charge.
In what Kia claims may be a worldwide 1st for an EV manufacturer, the Ray EV’s sharing of dimensions with the Ray CUV permits it to share a production line with typical combustion engine vehicles. though the front-wheel drive Ray EV is a few 187 kg (412 lb) heavier than its gas-powered cousin, the Ray EV boasts faster acceleration (0 – one hundred km/h/62 mph in fifteen.9 seconds) due to seventy seven p.c bigger torque (167 Nm). Kia says the vehicle contains a prime speed of a hundred thirty km/h (81 mph).
Kia says the Ray EV are often recharged in six hours from a 220 V household outlet or in exactly twenty five minutes in fast-charge mode. The inlet for the 220 V provide is found underneath a flap within the front grille, whereas the fast-charge inlet are often found where the fuel intake is sometimes located on regular models. The 330 V lithium ion polymer battery pack is found underneath the rear seat and cabin floor.
The Kia Ray EV has been fitted with a replacement variety of regenerative braking system that includes an “Active Hydraulic Booster” that uses the electrical motor to form hydraulic pressure for the brake system. Kia says additionally to harvesting excess braking energy to recharge the vehicle’s battery, it conjointly provides consistent brake pedal force underneath a good sort of driving conditions.
Like audio alert systems already offered in a very range of hybrid vehicles from makers like Toyota and Nissan, the Ray EV is fitted with a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) that emits a mix of recorded gasoline engine noises when the automobile is traveling at speeds below twenty km/h (12 mph), or when reversing.
The instrument cluster displays electrical motor operation, battery standing and also the distance before a recharge is needed. An EV-specific navigation system options a 7-inch show that has data like the situation of the closest recharging stations – of that there are five hundred in Korea with plans from the govt to extend that range to three,100 by the tip of 2012. The navigation system conjointly displays a circular formed space over a map that shows how way the vehicle will travel with its current level of battery power.
The Kia Ray EV will not be offered to standard customers with Kia currently getting to manufacture simply a pair of,500 of the cars. These are going to be provided to government departments and public offices as a part of the company’s analysis and development program to collect real-world usage and performance information to assist within the development of future electrical vehicles.