460 kilometers is the official range of the Kia Niro EV with 64.8 kWh. But what is the real reach? So how far can you get if you drive at 100 km/h (or 130 km/h) on the highway? We test that!
The 2018 Kia e-Niro was a super popular electric car in the Netherlands, but we never subjected it to a real range. We make up for that today, by extensively testing its successor, the Kia Niro EV. The result: it is quite economical at 100 km/h.
If you look at the photos of the on-board computer (the average power consumption is in the middle), you can see that we have driven a round of 100 kilometers. The route starts and ends at the same point, to eliminate the possible influence of wind and height differences. The outside temperature: 17 degrees during the day and 12 degrees in the evening.
Kia Niro EV: range at 100 km/h
At 100 km/h, the Kia Niro EV has an average power consumption of exactly 16,0 kWh/100 km. If you would completely empty a full battery of 64.8 kWh, you would come 405 kilometer far! In short, with the new Niro you can explore the whole of the Netherlands without stressing about charging.
Customers for a Kia Niro EV will probably also consider the several thousand euros more expensive Polestar 2 Standard range Single engine (16.4 kWh/100 km, 372 km) or the cheaper MG ZS EV Long Range (18.6 kWh/100 km, 376 miles). You can see from the figures in brackets that the electric Niro is slightly more economical and has a range of approximately 30 kilometers.
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Kia Niro EV: range at 130 km/h
As long as we are still allowed to drive 130 km/h in some places in the evening, we will also measure that power consumption. It is generally known that speeding consumes a lot of energy, but it is always a surprise how high the consumption is. In the case of the Niro EV, that is 24,5 kWh/100 kmwhich equates to a 130 km/h range of 264 kilometer.
For the EV nerds who love the clock: on the photos of the on-board computer you can see that 130 km/h driving results in a time gain of 14 minutes (compared to driving 100 km/h). The extra power that this costs (+8.5 kWh/100 km) can be recharged in 8 minutes with a fast charger. That’s 6 minutes of profit. So if you’re taking long holiday trips through Germany, it’s time-efficient to drive faster. Then we ignore the extra electricity costs.
The Kia Niro EV is a practical electric family car with a matching range. If you turn on the highway during the day, you will get 405 kilometers away. Throw in a few frugal city miles into the mix and the official range of 460 kilometers is fairly easy to match.
But that’s now, late summer. In winter, the heating will work harder and require more power. Electric Kia’s clearly show how much energy that costs. We only spent 3 percent on heating and electronics, but that number increases as it gets colder. In the Kia EV6 range test it was 5 degrees and 11 percent of the energy consumption went to such ‘luxury businesses’. This means you don’t get as far with your EV in the winter.
Source: Autoreview.nl by www.autoreview.nl.
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