In November, 2016, Kia invited me to a ride and drive event for its new to North America Niro Hybrid in San Antonio. With an 8.9 kWh battery, the Niro PHEV has about 25 miles of electric-only range. Charging the battery to 100% takes 2½ hours using a Level 2 charger or about 8 hours on normal household current. I confess I did not commit it all to memory and by the time my week was up, there were still many features of the car I had yet to discover.
Steve Hanley Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. Pras Subramanian and I think Kia succeeded, as you’ll see in the video above. The plasticky interior is somewhat wan, especially compared with the refinement of the European luxury makes. The magazine's car testers also rate it very highly in performance and practicality. It's big. All rights reserved.