Kia Motors has announced the launch of the Kia Ray EV exclusively for the domestic Korean market. Kia plans to build 2,500 units in 2012 which will be used by government agencies and public offices.

Kia Motors has announced the launch of the Kia Ray EV exclusively for the domestic Korean market. Kia plans to build 2,500 units in 2012 which will be used by government agencies and public offices.

Following in the footsteps of the all-new Kia Ray CUV with a 1.0-liter gasoline engine launched there last month, the Ray EV is Korea's first production electric vehicle. It is also the first EV in the world assembled on the same production lines as regular combustion-engine Ray models.

The Kia Ray EV uses a high-capacity 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack that is located under the rear seat and cabin floor to power a 50kW electric motor that produces 167 Nm (123 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor achieves 93 percent efficiency which according to Kia is the best in its segment. The front-wheel drive EV weighs 187 kg (412 lbs) more than the gasoline model and runs from 0-100 km/h in 15.9 seconds while top speed is 130 kph (81 mph).

Fully recharging the battery pack takes six hours via a standard 220V outlet and just 25 minutes in fast-charge mode giving a maxmimum range of 139 km (86 miles). The Ray EV is equipped with a recharging station locator through its navigation system. Currently there are 500 slow/fast recharge stations in Korea with plans in motion to see that figure increase to 3,100 stations before 2013.

Other features include a regenerative braking system, Virtual Engine Sound System for speeds below 20 kph (12 mph), Hill Assist Control to prevent roll-back and two inlet charging ports located in the front grille and fuel filler cap (for regular models) for normal and fast charging.

No word yet if the Kia Ray EV will be exported. More details in the press release below.

 

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