2012 Kia Ray EV announced
The car you see in these pictures is the first EV coming from Korea and it will stay there because Kia has announced that for next year all of the 2,500 units of the Ray EV will be sold on the local market for public offices and government agencies. This boxy electrical car follows the footsteps of the all-new Ray CUV with a tiny 1.0-liter power unit that came out last month in Korea. This is going to be the first car in the world which will be assembled on the same production lines as the regular Ray models.
The 2012 Ray EV features a high capacity 16.4 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that has been installed under the rear seat and cabin floor and it powers a 50 kW electric motor in order to generate 123 lb.-ft (167 Nm) of torque. That electric motor is capable of achieving a 93% efficiency which according to the automaker is the best in this class.
Compared to the gasoline version of the car, the electric Ray is 412 lbs (187 kg) heavier and it needs 15.9 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, en route to a maximum speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). Recharging the battery at a maximum level takes 6 hours through a regular 220V outlet and only 25 minutes in the fast-charging mode which gives the car a maximum range of 86 miles (139 km).
The car has been fitted with a recharging station locator that can find the closest station thanks to the use of the navigation system. At the moment, there are 500 slow/fast recharge stations in Korea and the plans are to increase this figure to 3,100 by 2013.
Other goodies of the Ray EV would have to be the Virtual Engine Sound system for speeds below 12 mph (20 km/h), a regenerative braking system, two inlet charging ports installed in the car’s front grille, Hill Assist Control for preventing roll-back, along with a fuel filler cap for normal and fast charging.
There are no details at the moment regarding the availability of the car outside its homeland.
Source: Kia via WCF
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