Kia Ray EV Is Korea's First Electric Production Vehicle

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Kia has formally introduced Korea’s first electric production vehicle, the Ray EV, with a range of 86-miles and an impressive fast-charging in just 25 minutes. Only 2,500 units will be produced initially, all of which will be used by government agencies.

The Ray EV is a close relative to the Ray CUV, which was a 1.0L gasoline-powered vehicle introduced last month in Korea. The Ray EV is also a global first, sharing a production line with a conventional combustion-engine vehicle.

Powering the front-wheel-drive Ray EV will be a 50 kW electric motor paired to a high-capacity 16.4 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The battery pack is safely located under the rear seat and cabin floor and has been engineered for a 10-year life cycle.

The electric motor pumps out 67-hp and an impressive 123 lb-ft of torque while standard recharge time is six hours utilizing a household 220V. As mentioned before, there is a 25-minute fast-charge mode.

Inside, the Ray EV features a unique navigation system that will locate one of the 500 closest recharge stations in Korea. The government currently has plans to increase that number to 3,100 by the end of 2012.

GALLERY: Kia Ray EV

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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