Kia Ray Concept: Another Plug-In Electric Hybrid On The Horizon?

Kia Ray Concept: Another Plug-In Electric Hybrid On The Horizon?
Design

While the Chevy Volt continues to mature towards production, other four door plug-in electric hybrid vehicles continue to emerge.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 11 february 2010

While the Chevy Volt continues to mature towards production, other four door plug-in electric hybrid vehicles continue to emerge. Kia Motors debuted their sleek Ray concept car yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show. The Ray is a four-seat compact sedan based on the Kia Forte platform powered by a direct injection four cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission. On the electrical side the concept draws power from a lithium ion polymer battery pack which spins a 78-kilowatt electric motor. What this all means is that the Ray isn’t meant to be a high performance vehicle but Kia is aiming for efficiency and range. Kia speculates the car would get 202.3 mpg in electric only mode and 77.6 mpg running as a hybrid. Electric power provides 50 miles of travel and the overall range is estimated to be 746 miles.

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