Kia Motors revealed yesterday its future product plans, specifically its plans for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). Their ambitious plans are for seven new electric cars all in production by 2027. Kia Motors are going big with electric cars, the same as sister brand Hyundai who revealed a specific EV brand last month, IONIQ. Kia hope to have 25 percent of its global vehicle sales as BEVs, with that big of a number, they are working to expand EV charging stations worldwide. If Kia pulls this off, they’ll be one of the biggest EV brands in the market.
“Kia has sold more than 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the introduction of our first mass-produced BEV in 2011, the Kia Ray EV,” Kia CEO, Ho Sung Song, said during an event at the brand’s Hwasung plant in Korea. “Since then, we have started to introduce a range of new BEVs for global markets and announced plans to accelerate this process in the years ahead. By refocusing our business on electrification, we are aiming for BEVs to account for 25 percent of our total worldwide sales by 2029.”
Kia Motors CV – First of its name
The CV will be revealed in 2021 and will be destined for many regions globally – hopefully the Middle East too. The new model will offer the same competitive product quality and eye-catching design as Kia’s other vehicles, with high-performance driving and recharging characteristics.
In addition, Kia Motors plans to expand its global after service infrastructure for EVs. Kia aims to increase its number of dedicated EV work bays in Korea to 1,200 by 2030. In other markets worldwide, Kia will increase its number of EV work bays to 600 by the end of this year, and more than 2,000 by 2023. Kia also plans to develop its own programs to train EV maintenance professionals.
Kia sees the expansion of electric charging infrastructures as a pre-condition for the popularization of EVs and continues to explore activities worldwide to improve charging accessibility for drivers.