The fully electric version of the Kia Niro has been unveiled today at an EV Expo in Korea.

The Niro EV is set to make its European debut at the Paris motor show this September.

In comparison to the hybrid Niro, the EV model features ‘arrowhead’ LED running lights and a blanked-out radiator grille, within which sits the charge port.

Power is stored within a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack that the company claims can support a driving range of more than 380 km (236 miles).

A version with a smaller 39.2 kWh battery would also be offered, with a range of 240 km (150 miles).

The company claims a fast-charger can achieve an 80 per cent charge in 54 minutes, and in some testing regimes overall range has been tested at more than 450km.

A 150 kW (204 ps) electric motor drives the front wheels, and can deliver up to 395Nm of torque – enough to propel the Niro EV from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds.

The Niro EV is expected to go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018, with other markets to follow.

Alex Kefford

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