All-electric Kia Niro unveiled at CES 2018

Kia plans to roll out 16 new electric and hybrid model by 2025. It is the latest manufacturer eyeing expansion of its lineup beyond gasoline. Frederic J. Brown  AFP

Kia is laying out its electric vehicle plans at CES 2018 and it's not playing it safe, with a total of 16 EVs expected to be on the market by 2025. "Virtual reality, self-driving cars and "vehicle-to-everything" connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future, but as they rapidly become reality, Kia is exploring how to deploy these new technologies for its customers".

Since we're talking about a silent EV, Kia fitted it with new technologies meant to enhance safety for pedestrians. "Boundless for all" represents a future in which a vehicle can be so much more than the sum of its parts", said Yang.

Kia has also used CES to deliver their latest mobility strategy - nicknamed ACE - which includes a full model range of connected cars by the year 2030, with more than 16 electrified vehicles already out and about by 2025 - and that includes hybrid, EV, or FCEV power. The automaker says its green line-up will consist of a mixture of different electrified powertrains, from entirely battery-electric through hybrids and even a fuel-cell vehicle.

Alongside Kia's new concept, the brand will reveal a range of new in-car features and innovations at CES 2018.

The auto also features an Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) that relies on front-view cameras, object recognition and front speakers. But don't expect the electronic display panels found on the CES concept which would allow the Niro show vehicle to communicate with pedestrians and other drivers. Whenever the system detects pedestrians or cyclists, the vehicle plays an audible warning focussed specifically at the person to warn them of the vehicle's movement.

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Kia will display three different cockpit designs that show how their technologies can be adapted by future vehicles.

Connected cars are also part of Kia's long-term plans.

The Niro EV concept is a nice follow-up to the Soul EV, which is rated at 111 miles of range.

The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030. Kia says the concept achieves a driving range of 238 miles-matching the Chevrolet Bolt's EPA-rated range exactly.

Kia also announced that it will expand its WiBLE auto sharing service - which launched in Korea previous year - to select European cities in 2018.

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