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Kia Ray EV: Kia’s First Electric

December 29, 2011 / 02:49AM / By Ian

Kia has introduced Korea’s first vehicle, the new Kia Ray EV a zero-emissions city car a range of up to 86 miles on a single

For supply exclusively to the domestic market, the Kia Ray EV is a close relative of 1.0-liter gasoline powered Ray which went on sale month. It shares that major dimensions and, in a first for an EV manufacturer, can share the line with conventional cars.

The front-wheel drive Ray EV is by a 50kW electric motor and a 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer pack that is engineered for a life cycle and is packaged the rear seat and cabin

Although the Ray EV weighs 412 lbs. than the gasoline model, the motor’s generous torque 123 (a 77% increase) ensures responsive The EV’s acceleration is brisker the gasoline models (0 to 62 mph in 15.9 while top speed is 81 mph. times are six hours using a 220 household supply and takes 25 minutes in fast-charge mode.

The Ray automatic transmission offers the a choice of two modes while in drive. `E’ (or `eco’) optimizes the delivery of the motor’s to achieve minimum battery and maximum driving range. (or `brake’) mode can be selected driving downhill to maximize power.

Bearing the same exterior as its gasoline cousin, the Kia Ray EV has four distinguishing points. A flap in the radiator grille covers an inlet for a 220 volt supply for the recharge mode, another (for the fast recharge is fitted in the same location as the flap of the regular models, decals on each front proclaim the `Zero Emissions message and super-smooth 14-inch wheels improve aerodynamic by minimizing drag.

Inside, the Ray EV a unique instrument cluster, electric motor operation, status and distance to recharge. It is equipped with the first-ever navigation system that a seven-inch screen and provides information for EV drivers such as the locations of the slow/fast recharging The display shows a circular area in which the model can with its current level of power, so that drivers can see destinations are reachable without a

Currently there are 500 slow/fast stations in Korea, and the government to increase that figure to stations by the end of 2012.

Kia claims the Ray EV numerous innovations. The electric achieves 93% efficiency, which is the in its segment. The lithium ion polymer cell is optimized and highly which has enabled its weight to be by 13% and its energy density to be increased by 15% to competitors’ systems.

The on-board charger, current high-low voltage converter and VCU (vehicle control unit) features advances over equipment.

Ray EV is also equipped a new type of regenerative braking featuring an Active Hydraulic that utilizes the electric instead of the gasoline engine in the model, to create hydraulic for the brake system. The result is brake pedal force a wide variety of driving and the ability to harvest excess and use it to recharge the car’s battery.

regular gasoline vehicles, Ray EV no engine noise, which can be a problem with pedestrians unaware of the approaching car. To accidents, Kia has fitted Ray EV with a (Virtual Engine Sound When driven at speeds 12 mph this delivers a mixture of gasoline engine noises, are also emitted whenever the car is

Japan and the USA are already considering the of a legal requirement for EVs to have a engine sound, and Kia has taken the step to commercialize this in order to anticipate the global trend.

The Ray EV is equipped with six and electronic stability features VDC Dynamics Control) and HAC (Hill Control, to prevent roll-back) as

During 2012, Kia is planning to 2,500 units of the Ray EV, which be provided to government departments and offices as part of Kia’s real-world research and development to provide environmentally friendly to Kia customers around the world the next decade.


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