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Autocar names it’s top 10 family EVs for 2021

These are the best EVs that effortlessly will fit into everyday life and carry the family and its paraphernalia.

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This is a list of our top 10 electric cars for families at the more affordable end of the market, compiled considering factors such as range, usability, driving dynamics and value for money. Some EVs are still subject to relatively high prices compared with combustion-engined cars, but their premiums can be offset against lower running costs.

  1. Hyundai Ioniq 5
  2. Skoda Enyaq iV
  3. Kia EV6
  4. Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV
  5. Volkswagen ID.4
  6. Tesla Model 3
  7. Kia e-Niro
  8. Nissan Leaf
  9. MG 5 SW EV
  10. Cupra Born

Motor Trend has a look at the 2023 Kia Niro » Bye Bye, Boring

2023 Kia Niro EV

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Arriving for 2023, the second-generation Kia Niro should have more mental stickiness. Modeled after the 2019 “HabaNiro” concept—Get it? Like the pepper but mixed with “Niro?” Such fun!—the new Niro has a similar overall shape to its predecessor, but the details between the bumpers are toughened up with blockier forms and edgier flourishes.

Don’t just call the Niro interesting-looking “for a hybrid.” This is a genuinely compelling small crossover, with angular new headlights, a broad hood, and chunky sculpting around its wheel wells and lower body. There are clear parallels to the HabaNiro concept in the contrast-color panel slicing up each side of the body behind each rear door, and Kia also mined that show car for those V-shaped LED headlight accents and the vertical taillights that frame the rear hatch.

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Kia introduces the second-generation Niro compact SUV with full-electric and hybrid powertrains

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The new, second-generation Kia Niro is official, introducing a bold new design inside and out for one of Europe’s most popular crossovers.

Ahead of a market launch next year – just six years after the arrival of the current car – the new Niro has been shown for the first time at the Seoul motor show, revealing how the Nissan Juke rival has been brought into line with Kia’s evolved design language.

Kia has confirmed that the new arrival, like the current car, will be offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric powertrains, although the Mk2 e-Niro will remain separate from the firm’s line of ‘EV’-badged bespoke electric cars and will not use the E-GMP platform reserved for those models. An evolution of the current e-Niro’s single-motor, front-wheel-drive powertrain is expected, although the shorter-range car could be discontinued in light of higher demand for the 282-mile 64kWh battery option.

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Kia tops UK EV sales for October 2021

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Kia UK has recorded its best-ever October sales, according to new registrations data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Kia registered 7,436 vehicles in October 2021, representing a year-on-year increase of 22.1 percent over October 2020. 22.8 percent of these sales (1,699 units) were fully electric, boosted thanks to the first customer deliveries of the Kia EV6 (349 units). With sales of the e-Niro, Soul EV and EV6 combined, Kia topped the United Kingdom’s monthly EV sales charts in October.

So far this year, Kia has sold 81,532 units in the UK, with battery electric vehicles (BEV) accounting for 14.4 percent of the brand’s total sales this year (11,762 units). Kia UK’s year-to-date sales are 28.9 percent higher than the same period in 2020, and only 5.6 percent off the same period in 2019, the brand’s best-selling year on record.

The Kia Niro family (including Self-Charging Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and e-Niro models) was the brand’s best-selling model in the UK in October, with 2,479 units sold in total.

Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK Limited, said »

October has been another strong month for Kia sales volumes, particularly for our growing line-up of battery EVs. With a strong bank of more than 1,600 pre-orders, we were particularly excited to deliver our first EV6 orders to UK customers in October – a milestone which enabled our dealers to boost our EV sales to new heights.

Kia tops UK EV sales in October

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Kia tops the sales list for electric cars in October, as the first deliveries of the new Kia EV6 add to Kia’s other BEV sales.

The Kia EV6 looks to be a very appealing start to Kia’s move in to delivering EVs based on a proper EV platform, and October saw the start of deliveries in the UK.

Kia managed to deliver 369 EV6s, from an order bank of some 1,600, in October which, added to sales of other BEVs in the Kia range, saw Kia head up the BEV sales chart in the UK.

Add together those EV6 deliveries with deliveries of the e-Niro and Soul EV and Kia managed to deliver 1,699 EVs – some 22.8 per cent of its total sale – in October.

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MG revealed prices and details for the refreshed ZS EV

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Three specification levels will be available, with prices for the entry-level SE Long Range model starting from £30,995, or £28,495 after the government’s £2500 plug-in car grant is applied.

The Kia e-Niro rival will gain a 72kWh battery with a range of up to 273 miles (~440 km), a big improvement on the 163 miles offered by the outgoing model.

Entry-level SE cars are equipped with a 10.1in touchscreen, sat-nav and USB charging ports, along with automatic air conditioning, LED headlights, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control. All cars receive assist systems including active emergency braking, lane assist, and pedestrian and cyclist detection.
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Mat Gallagher takes an EV on a 2,000-mile road trip to discover if electric vehicles are viable outside of the city

Mat Gallagher took a Kia NIRO EV on a journey from Chicago to Boston and New York – and then back Chicago. He gets into the finer details of his adventure, but here is his conclusion »

Does an EV work for road trips?

The short answer here is yes, though you do need to plan your trips better. The limiting factors remain the range of the cars and the availability of charging points. While I never had trouble finding a charger, they are nowhere near as readily available as gas stations, and rarely in the same place. Only two of the stops I made were with chargers at existing gas stations. The others were in industrial estates, Walmart parking lots and rest stops.

Most of the charging stations had a maximum of five spaces for electric cars to charge and not once did I have to wait for a space. But as the number of electric cars on the road increase, this is not likely to be the case for long. If every gas station invested in its own bank of chargers, it would make things a lot easier.

Range will also play a massive consideration in the number of chargers needed. As the average range of electric vehicles increases to 400 or even 500 miles, most journeys won’t need to involve a stop at all. With a 500-mile range, even my longest journey of the trip would have only needed one charge.

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