Kia has recently unveiled South Korea’s first electric vehicle, the Ray EV, with the car only destined for the domestic Korean market. The car, which comes with a driving range of up to 139 km (86 miles), shares the production line with the combustion-engined model it is based on, a first in the world of EVs.
The electric version can be distinguished from the petrol one by a few exterior details, such as a flap in the front grille, which hides the charge inlet for the slow recharge mode, while the place of the fuel filler cap has been replaced by a cover for the fast recharge mode. In addition to that, we have a new aerodynamic design for the 14-inch alloy rims and ‘Zero Emissions EV’ decals on the front doors.
Kia is planning to produce 2,500 units of the Ray EV next year, which will be offered to government departments and public offices under the carmaker’s eco R&D program.
Length 3593 mm Width 1595 mm
Height 1700 mm Wheelbase 2520 mm
Kerb weight 1185 kg
Electric motor 50 kW
Max power 68 ps Max torque 167 Nm (17.0 g/km)
Power 330V Lithium ion polymer
Capacity 16.4 kWh
Charge time 6.0 hrs (slow) / 25 minutes (fast)
0-to-100 kph 15.9 sec (to 62 mph)
Max speed 130 kph (81 mph)
Max range 139 km (86 miles)