The big Kia green car news at the Geneva Auto Show, besides the European unveiling of the Ray plug-in hybrid concept, was the new Kia Venga electric vehicle concept car. It sports an electric motor with top power of 80 kW and maximum torque of 280 Nm.
Kia said that its Venga EV would be able to get up to 100 kph in 11.8 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 140 kph. Its battery pack, made up of LiPoly (Lithium Ion Polymer) technology, reportedly would be able to provide a range of up to 180 km on a single charge while charging fully under normal charging conditions in about eight hours. Fast charge technology would increase that, with a charge of 80 percent capacity being reached within 20 minutes.
The Venga is front wheel drive, with the electric powertrain placed within the existing engine bay, while the battery pack is located under the trunk floor. Kia says this concept electric car marks “a new beginning in the company’s supply of eco-friendly vehicles.”