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Kia has been teasing a new electric SUV that will use an 800 volt platform, have a 300 mile range, and a 25 minute recharge time. I don't think it's going to be a direct competitor to the R1S but it does give us a hint at what other carmakers are developing for their EVs.

The second is Kia’s first dedicated EV, set to arrive at the end of 2021 for the U.S., although it might show up before then for other markets, such as Europe.

Kosowski said that the EV will have “a crossover design that really blurs the boundaries between passenger cars, CUVs, crossovers...it’s a little bit car, it’s a little bit crossover.” It also will have about a 300 mile range, with sub-20-minute recharge times.

That EV due late next year will be designed and engineered on a much-anticipated E-GMP dedicated EV platform shared with Hyundai. Under development since 2017 or earlier, it should allow a big improvement to design and proportions, and potentially interior space, by nixing the need to plan for an internal combustion engine, and is likely to have an 800-volt basis.


 
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