Seoul Motor Show: Kia debuts new EV concept

Kia has unveiled a new concept car dubbed Naimo, showcasing some unique high-tech features on the first press day of the Seoul Motor Show.

The 3.9 meter-long crossover SUV features an all-electric powertrain, with a design that Kia says is "heavily inspired by the purity and grace of traditional Korean arts and crafts."

Unlike today's electric vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi iMiEV, it uses a lithium ion polymer battery, giving it a driving range of some 200 km on a single charge and a a charge time to 80 percent of power in 25 minutes.

Despite this, it can manage a top speed of 150 km/h and can hold four passengers, with plenty of room for occupants thanks to its wide, muscular stance.

Other high-tech touches include a high-intensity air jet to replace windshield wipers on the windscreen, and miniature cameras fitted next to the windshield to replace traditional door mirrors.

Despite the fact that this is Kia's third electric concept in less than a year, the automaker has yet to announce its first production electric vehicle - although it's thought that a release of the Venga Electric Concept, showcased at this year's Geneva Motor Show, could be slated for production in 2013.

The Seoul International Motor Show is open to the public April 1 - 10 in Seoul, Korea.

http://www.motorshow.or.kr/eng/main.php

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