The chrome-colored car has room in its purple cabin for three people, with an awkward third seat tucked into an area normally reserved for luggage.
Kia revelaed at the Paris Motor Show today the Kia POP electric concept car. The automaker says the oddly-shaped electric city vehicle is capable of speeds up to 140 km/h (87 mph), and has a battery that can be recharged by a high-voltage connection in just 30 minutes. A standard European 230-volt electrical outlet will recharge the 18 kWh lithium polymer gel battery in six hours. At full charge, the car has a range of about 160 kilometers (99 miles). The battery type has the benefit of a 20% weight reduction compared to a similarly rated lithium-ion battery pack. As a city car, the POP should have adequate acceleration, as the 50-kilowatt (68-PS) electric motor delivers 190 Nm of torque.
The chrome-colored car has room in its purple cabin for three people, with an awkward third seat tucked into an area normally reserved for luggage. The layout of the seats can be seen most clearly in bird's eye view photographs that give a look through the car's glass roof. It does look pretty cramped and uncomfortable back there, with little room for the third passenger to extend their legs.
However, with a 2.06-meter wheelbase, it is impressive they were able to squeeze in an extra seat at all. At three-meters long, the POP features widely-hinged doors that stretch the car's wingspan well beyond its 1.74-meter width.
"The inside and outside were always designed together," said Kia Europe Chief Designer Gregory Guillaume. "From the start we looked at the seating on that very short footprint and tried to ensure that passengers would have a perfect view, just like in a helicopter."