Tesla batteries, EPA comments, Hyundai and Kia plug-in availability: Today's Car News

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Hyundai and Kia aim to avoid the dreaded "compliance car" label with their EV sales—barely. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said electric cars are "not grounds for concern" at the EPA—yet highway safety and car prices are. Tesla buys a company that builds ultracapacitors. We investigate the hesitation. In our latest Twitter. EPA Today in Car News

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Kia Motors America expands Soul EV availability to four additional states; 10 total

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Nineteen Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV across these four states, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. A lease price of $249/month for the Soul EV Base is also available.

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2020 Kia Niro: 50-mpg hybrid gets upgraded interface, sharper look

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The Kia Niro EV, with its 239-miles of electric range and sub-$40,000 price before incentives, has brought the Niro lineup a boost over the past year. The Niro model that’s widely available is the Niro

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2020 Kia Optima Hybrid includes more active-safety features

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The 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid joins non-hybrid Optima models in making several important safety features standard. In 2019, automatic emergency braking and automatic lane control were optional on the Optima Hybrid EX and were not available on the Plug-in Hybrid. For 2020, the Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid again come only in the EX trim level. Plug-In Hybrids

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Kia unveils upgraded Sportage with diesel 48V mild-hybrid powertrain

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In Germany, Kia Motors revealed the upgraded Kia Sportage, introducing a range of enhancements to the brand’s European and global best-seller. Kia Sportage 2018, European spec.

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Lyft will rent 200 Kia Niro EVs to its drivers by the week, in Colorado

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The ride-hailing operator Lyft last Thursday launched a program that makes 200 fully electric vehicles available to its drivers in the Denver market. Lyft plans to make the vehicles available

Hyundai and Kia invest in Europe's high-power fast-charging network

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Hyundai and Kia announced Monday that they are investing in Ionity, Europe's 350-kilowatt charging network. They will join BMW Group, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen/Porsche in expanding charging station availability for vehicles with 800 volt on-board systems. This partnership gives Hyundai the opportunity to develop vehicles with 800-volt systems. charging

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Kia brings e-Soul to Europe, upgrades Niro hybrid and PHEV

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Kia used the Geneva International Motor Show as the platform to introduce the battery-electric e-Soul to Europe, as well as to reveal new upgrades to the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. Every Kia vehicle on show in Geneva employs the brand’s mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle technology. Electrification is a key element of Kia’s European and global growth strategy, with one in eight Kia cars sold in Europe today featuring an electrified powertrain.

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2017 Kia Niro: gas mileage review

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However you choose to view the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid—Kia says it's a crossover utility, we call it a wagon—it's a good-looking and relatively capacious small car. The debate over segments comes because the Niro has neither the ground clearance of a utility vehicle nor available all-wheel drive, making it more of a wagon or "square.

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2019 Kia Niro EV crossover utility makes North American debut at LA Auto Show

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The 2019 Kia Niro EV made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show. Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge is standard equipment, supporting an approximately 100-mile recharge in 30 minutes at on the 50 kW charger at 200 amps; 80% total battery capacity is available in 75 minutes.

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Kia Soul EV Sales Expand Again, To Four Northeast States

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When it first went on sale, the Kia Soul EV electric car was only available at select dealers in California. But Kia later followed up on a promise to expand sales when it determined that there was significant interest. Earlier this year, Kia announced the expansion of sales to Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Texas, and Hawaii. DON'T MISS: 2016 Kia. Green Connecticut Maryland New Jersey New York plug-in cars

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Kia prepping Washington and Oregon for Soul EV launch; dealers and charging network w/ fast-chargers

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Kia Motors America (KMA) is continuing its progressive launch of the Soul EV and adding to the electric vehicle ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest with 20 Soul EV-certified dealers and a charging network. As an added value, select Kia dealers will allow Soul EV owners to charge at no cost.

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Kia prepares to move beyond combustion cars

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Kia is preparing itself for a new era where alternative fuel powertrains become essential to business, the firm’s CEO confirms. Kia electric fuel cell

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Kia reveals Optima Hybrid pricing

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Kia has announced the North American pricing of its 2011 Optima Hybrid – which will be its first hybrid vehicle available in the US market. The Optima Hybrid features a Kia-developed powertrain with advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem and delivers up to 35miles per gallon in city driving and 40miles per gallon on [.]. Green cars Hybrid cars Kia Latest news Kia hybrid cars Kia Optima Hybrid Kia Optima Hybrid pricing

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Kia Rio leads the pack. The Green Piece

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Kia’s Rio EcoDynamics is currently rated as the lowest emission diesel-only model available in the UK, with emissions as low as just 85g/km of CO2 and 88.3mpg on a combined cycle. With the news that Kia and Hyundai must reduce their fuel economy claims (see story) there [.].

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All-new Kia ProCeed revealed

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Following up on the success of the Proceed Concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia is readying the production ready ProCeed for its debut ahead of availability next year

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Kia Niro EV specs, recapturing CO2, and electric-car support vs interest: Today's Car News

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Kia has revealed official specifications for the Niro EV. And Waymo's purchase of up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacific Hybrids could account for one-third of FCA's available consumer tax credits Scientists have discovered a way to recapture CO2 and recycle it into fuel. A new study found there's more support for electric cars than knowledge or interest.

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Kia begins export production of Kia Soul EV; initial production planned to hit 5,000 units

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Kia Motors has begun volume production of its new all-electric Kia Soul EV ( earlier post ) for export sales at its Kia’s Gwangju facility in Korea.

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Kia to Debut Venga at Frankfurt Show; Stop-Start Technology Available for All Engines

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Kia will debuts its new B-segment Venga, which is based on the No. All engines in the Venga line-up will be available with Kia’s Intelligent Stop and Go stop-start technology and will comply with Euro 5 emission standards.

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Kia introduces new mild hybrid powertrain, 7-speed DCT

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Kia’s 48V mild hybrid system uses a lead-carbon battery. Kia revealed a new mild hybrid powertrain as well as its new 7-speed DCT at the Geneva Motor Show. The mild hybrid powertrain will be available on new diesel and gasoline production cars from Kia in the near future.

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Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv to form autonomous driving joint venture; autonomous platform to be available in 2022

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The joint venture will begin testing fully driverless systems in 2020 and have a production-ready autonomous driving platform available for robotaxi providers, fleet operators, and automotive manufacturers in 2022. Hyundai Motor Group affiliates—Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis—will collectively contribute US$1.6

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Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. . The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year.

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Hybrid Kia Sorento SUV

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Making its debut in Germany this week is the Kia Sorento Diesel-Hybrid crossover, a concept vehicle that will join other green cars from Kia ( Cee’d & Forte LPI) under Kia’s new EcoDynamics badge. 2011 Kia Sorento official website. Kia Press on Hybrids.

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Kia Niro EV crossover now on sale in Korea; N American sales in Q1 2019

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The new Kia Niro battery-electric CUV (crossover utility vehicle) has gone on sale in Korea, featuring an expected driving range of up to 385 kilometers (239 miles), as calculated by SAE J1364 in the United States.

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Kia upgraded 2018 Sportage features new 1.6L diesel, 2.0L diesel 48V mild-hybrid technology

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Kia Motors’ upgraded 2018 Kia Sportage ( earlier post ), the brand’s global best-selling vehicle, offers a 2.0-liter diesel engine now available with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, and—in certain markets—48-volt mild-hybrid power ( earlier post ).

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Kia confirms commitment to hydrogen

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Kia has reiterated its plan to have a commercial available hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) vehicle available commercially by the middle of the decade. Towards the end of 2010, Kia was one of seven manufacturers to sign an accord which will make hydrogen-powered vehicles a production reality. And while Kia isn’t discounting battery power as a [.]. Hydrogen fuel Kia electric hybrid hydrogen

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Kia to ‘make low emissions available to all’

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Kia has revealed that its new Picanto will boast one of the most fuel efficient engines on the market, when it goes on sale in late spring. Kia bi-fuel emissions engine Kappa PicantoThis will put low emission cars in the reach of all motorists and not just those who can afford hybrids, Joachim Hahn, head of powertrain engineering design and [.].

Kia launching new diesel 48V mild-hybrid powertrain in 2018 on Sportage; more models to come

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Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in the second half of 2018. The Kia Sportage will be the first model to offer the new EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain later in 2018. Kia’s mild-hybrid technology features a compact 0.46

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Estimated 93 Miles Of Range, Priced Under $35,000 Or $249 A Month

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Kia has announced pricing for the 2015 Soul EV, the company''s first mass-market electric car. The 2015 Kia Soul EV will start at $34,500 in base price, not including the $7,500 Federal tax credit for electric cars, or any available state and local incentives. That price buys a Base model that includes features such as navigation, a rearview

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Kia introduces two e-bike prototypes at Geneva

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Kia unveiled two prototype electric bikes today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show—70 years on from the vehicle manufacturer’s inception as Korea’s first mass producer of bicycles and coinciding with the European debut of the firm’s first globally-available electric vehicle:the Soul EV.

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Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first battery-electric car sold in the US. Soul EV. Click to enlarge.

New Gen 3 Ceed first Kia sold in Europe to offer level-two autonomy Lane Following Assist technology; new Kappa turbo, U3 diesel

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Kia Motors revealed the new Ceed ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Among its enhancements, the new Ceed is available with Lane Following Assist, a ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology. In 2006, Kia’s share of the European market was around 1.5%.

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Kia introduces Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid at Geneva

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At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors unveiled four new models. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car, which makes its global debut.

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Kia introduces 2018 Niro PHEV crossover to US at Los Angeles Show

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Kia introduced the 2018 Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Kia is targeting the Niro and Niro PHEV to earn top honors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

Hyundai-Kia America and Mojo Mobility partnering on wireless fast-charging project

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Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., HATCI and Mojo Mobility are developing, implementing and demonstrating a wireless power transfer (WPT) system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs ( earlier post ) over three phases, at HATCI in Superior Twp.,

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Kia introduces more fuel-efficient Gen 3 2019 Forte; first “Smart Stream” powertrain

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the third-generation 2019 Forte compact sedan. The new powerplant can be paired with either a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). The engine and in-house-built IVT are the first of a new line of efficient “Smart Stream” powertrains that will make their way into the Kia lineup in the future.

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Hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes targeting record with Kia Optima Hybrid

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Hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius, driving a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid ( earlier post ), aim to set a new record for lowest fuel consumption in a gasoline hybrid car while driving an 8,000-mile route through all 48 adjoining states of the US. The Optima Hybrid is Kia’s first hybrid vehicle in the US market and went on sale in East- and West-coast regions in June 2011, priced from US$26,500, with national availability by the end of 2011.

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2017 Opel Ampera-e, California carpool stickers, Kia Rio: Today's Car News

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Today, we preview two new cars debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show: the 2017 Opel Ampera-e and Kia Rio. We also look at a vote to increase availability of carpool-lane "green stickers" for California plug-in hybrid buyers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2017 Opel Ampera-e is a re-badged version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV that will. Today in Car News

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Kia Motors introduces new DRIVE WISE sub-brand for advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies

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At CES 2016, Kia Motors launched a new sub-brand—DRIVE WISE—to encompass its future Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Kia recently announced plans to manufacture partially-autonomous cars by 2020, and aims to bring its first fully-autonomous vehicle to market by 2030.

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Kia unveiling new cee’d GT line with new 1.0L T-GDi and 7-speed DCT at Geneva

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Kia Motors Europe will unveil a new Kia cee’d GT Line specification at the 85 th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March. This is the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines to make its debut in Europe. Kia cee’d GT Line.

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Official: 2013 Kia Rio Will Come With Optional Stop-Start System

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Take the 2012 Kia Rio, for example. Officially launched at the 2011 New York Auto Show, Kia had promised its redesigned compact, available as More often than most automakers would care to admit, that new car that you see debuted at a major auto show will undergo some minor -- and sometimes major -- alterations before it hits the dealer forecourt.

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Hyundai And Kia Green-Car Plans, Free IN Charging, Cheapest Electric Car: Today's Car News

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An Indiana utility lets electric-car owners charge at night for free, we explain why the country''s cheapest electric car is only available to a select few, and two brands known for sensibly-priced cars--Hyundai and Kia--take aim at the number two slot in green-car sales. Today''s news is all about thrift.

2014 77

Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Responding to growing customer demand in Europe for small cars with low running costs and low emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel gasoline-LPG model to its Picanto small car range. Picanto LPG is powered by a special version of Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-liter Kappa engine which produces 67 ps (66 hp, 49 kW) and 90 N·m (66 lb-ft) of torque. The Kia Picanto achieved a 4-Star safety rating in EuroNCAP crash tests. Picanto Click to enlarge.

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