The All-Electric Kia Niro EV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

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Price: From € 45,715
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 64,8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 460 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Kia e-Niro SUV


Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids.

The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991.

The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

  • The all-electric Kia e-Niro
  • The all-electric Kia Soul EV
  • The all-electric Kia EV6
  • Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • XCeed Plug-In Hybrid
  • Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid
  • The all-new Sorento Plug-In Hybrid

Kia Corporation, launched the all-electric Kia e-Niro in 2018 at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea. The Kia Niro concept was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The emission-free e-Niro order book opened in the UK in January 2019, with the initial allocation sold out within three weeks. The EV won the prestigious 2019 What Car? Car of the Year award. It is the first ever all-electric SUV to win this accolade. The EV was also warded the WhatCar? Car of the Year 2021 award.

Though the first-generation all-electric Niro has been well received, the latest (second generation) incarnation of this popular family electric car, has further improved the proposition on offer. For a start, the exterior styling has transformed the Niro pure electric car from a rather ‘average’ looking car, to a head-turning exterior style, that has infused the EV with more appeal.

Kia has also made improvements to the ‘core capability’ of the electric SUV. The onboard charger has been upgraded to 11 kW (3 phase) and the DC charging capability upgraded to 100 kW. For those with access to three-phase power supply at home or work, the EV can be fully charged in 6 hours and 20 minutes. For those with a single-phase (7.2 kW) EV charger, the Niro EV can be fully charged in 9 hours and 25 minutes. DC charging is much faster, and the electric car can be charged up to 80% in 45 minutes.

Kia has not increased the onboard EV battery size. The all-new Niro EV retains a 64.8 kWh battery with a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 460 km (WLTP). Expect the real-world range to be closer to 410 km, more than sufficient for most day-to-day driving needs and for longer distance motorway commutes.

In terms of technology and features, the Niro electric car has much to offer. Though this is not a standard feature on all Niro EV variants, Kia offers Vehicle-to-Device (V2D) capability for the higher priced trims. V2D enables charging other devices using the onboard EV battery. For example: a laptop, e-bike, vacuum while on a camping trip! Other feature include: 4.2″ supervision colour cluster display, 8″ touchscreen display, head-up display, speed limit assist, lane follow assist, lane Keep assist system and more. The new Niro EV offers decent interior space and a larger boot space (475 L).

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Kia Niro EV is decent. The Niro EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds (max power: 201 bhp/ 255 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 167 km/h.


 PROS  CONS
Appealing exterior stylingVehicle-to-Device (V2D) not standard on all variants
Decent EV range (460 km)Available in only one battery size
11 kW (3-phase) onboard charger as standardNot available as all-wheel drive

The All-Electric Kia e-Niro SUV (credit: Kia)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Engine:Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (1 Options)
Niro EV (from € 45,715)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 64,8 kWh
Charging:100 kW Rapid DC Charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 6 hrs and 20 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1560
Width (mm):1805
Length (mm):4375
Wheelbase (mm):2700
Turning Circle (m):10,6
Boot Space (L):451

e-Niro 64,8 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:64,8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):460 km (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/km):13.6
Charging:100 kW Rapid DC Charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 6 hrs and 20 mins)
Top Speed:167 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.8 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):182
Max Power (bhp):204
Torque (Nm):255
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,739
Colours:9
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Air Quality: An Overview


If there is one common theme that unites many of us, it is the concern over worsening air quality in our villages, towns and cities. This concern is not unique to Ireland, but a narrative that is now firmly centre stage globally. The detrimental health consequences of higher pollution, in particular, on the vulnerable, like children and the elderly is significant, and well documented.

According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), the PM2.5 concentration in Ireland is currently 1.6 times higher than the WHO annual air quality guideline value. WHO has described air pollution as the ‘single biggest environmental health risk’, leading to an increase in the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.

Electric vehicles and in particular, zero-tailpipe emission EVs, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), help improve local air quality i.e. a pure electric car does not have a tailpipe/ exhaust, hence, zero-tailpipe emissions! Without an iota of doubt, all types of EVs, to include, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are better for improving air quality, compared to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. We encourage all drivers in Ireland to migrate to lower emission electric driving.


Type Of Pollutants
Particulate matter (PM or PM 2.5)
Ammonia (NH3)
Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCS)

Primary Sources Of Pollutants
Road transportation
Industrial processes
Farming and agricultural processes
Waste industry
Energy generation
Domestic burning
Other forms of transportation, such as aviation, shipping and railroads

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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