Kia aims to take its EV strategy into a higher gear. The South Korean auto giant has earmarked up to $758 million for a new battery electric vehicle production plant in its home country. In addition to this, the Hyundai Group-owned car brand has launched a new range of electric vans, which includes four different models. While the automaker aims to step up its EV game in the passenger car segment, it is also aiming to capture a larger share in the commercial vehicle segment, and the new range of electric vans is part of that strategy. part.
Kia said the new range of electric vans will include four different models, the first of which will be launched in 2025. The car brand has named a new line of electric vans the purpose-built vehicle and released early sketches that give us a glimpse at the design of the upcoming EV. As the automaker has hinted, the upcoming EV will be available in a variety of body styles and sizes. Internally, Kia codenamed this project SW.
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Speaking of design, if you remember the EV concept shown off by Canoo EV startup, the Kia electric van the automaker teased looks similar too. As they’ve been teased, there will be a large, a small, and a mid-size electric van. These will include a delivery van and a ride-hailing vehicle. In addition, there will be self-driving robotaxis. Kia claims that the SW series of electric vans will consist of models of different sizes to meet the needs of different businesses.
Kia further revealed that the first one will arrive as a mid-size model, while a larger LCV will follow later. The larger EV will come in both cargo and passenger versions. Smaller variants will come with self-driving technology.
First published date: April 12, 2023 at 17:08 PM UST