|The Venga EV concept. Click to enlarge.|
Kia introduced its first all-electric plug-in concept car, based on the just-arrived B-segment Venga MPV (earlier post), at the Geneva Motor Show. Venga EV is a front-wheel drive vehicle with the electric powertrain placed within the existing engine bay. The battery pack is located under the trunk floor.
The Venga EV concept car is identical to the regular Venga but features an electric motor producing 80 kW and maximum torque of 280 N·m (206 lb-ft). Venga EV includes a twin-pack 24 kWh battery using LiPoly (Lithium Ion Polymer) technology, and provides a driving range of 112 miles (180 km) on a single charge.
Venga EV is capable of accelerating from standstill to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds, and reaches top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h).
Under the quick recharging cycle (50 kW) the battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity within 20 minutes. Under the normal cycle (3.3 kW), 100% power is attained after eight hours.
|Thew new 98 g/km EcoDynamics cee’d. Click to enlarge.|
New cee’d. Kia Motors also revealed a lower CO2 version of its EcoDynamics cee’d at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model achieves an 11% reduction in emissions down to just 98 g/km, compared with 110 g/km for the current cleanest cee’d.
The five-door hatchback is powered by the new U family 1.6-liter diesel engine, designed and engineered at Kia’s R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany and manufactured in Slovakia. The engine has the latest generation common rail diesel injection system and is fitted with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger.
Maximum power of 90 PS (89 hp, 66 kW) is produced at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 235 N·m (173 lb-ft) is available across a wide rev band, from 1,900 to 2,750 rpm. More than 90% of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500 rpm.
In the EcoDynamics cee’d, the engine features improved engine mapping and fuel injection strategy with new software and is fitted with a variable water pump which absorbs less power, a high efficiency alternator with power-saving management system and a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Top gear ratio in the six-speed manual transmission has been raised by 12% from 3.941 to 3.471 to 1, reducing revolutions at high speeds. Both the engine and transmission are filled with low-viscosity lubricants.
Other features and modifications to lower fuel consumption and emissions include:
- Optimized system logic in the stop-start system
- The electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering system requires just 2.69 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock.
- An Eco Driving Guide—a gear-shift up/down indicator—is displayed in the cabin.
- Aerodynamic enhancements include lowering the suspension by 15 mm; a smooth under-floor is fitted together with airflow deflectors ahead of each tire; and a rear spoiler is positioned on top of the tailgate
- Brake-pad drag on the discs is reduced and the 16-inch diameter alloy wheels are fitted with low rolling resistance 205/55 R16 Michelin tires and are inflated to a higher pressure of 38 psi.
No on-sale date for the revised EcoDynamics cee’d has yet been confirmed.