The Kia Niro EV has finally gone on sale in the U.S. The South Korean electric car manufacturer already started selling the Niro in their home country in June of last year. The base price for the Niro EV EX is $39,495 ($31,995 with federal tax credit).
In comparison, the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $37,995 ($30,495 with tax credit) but less legroom. Both electric cars from South Korea have a good range of 239 miles (384 km) for the Niro and 258 miles (about 400 km) per charge for the Kona Electric. Both feature a 64-kWh battery pack.
Hyundai and Kia’s electric cars are popular as they are less pricey than, for example, the Chevy Bolt. This has proven to be a mixed blessing since they have often had supply issues in the past. Customers in Europe, for example, were looking at wait times of up to a year in February reportedly with Kia writing: “Europe-wide demand clearly exceeds expectations and current battery production capacity.”
Regardless, Kia recently debuted the latest Soul EV in Los Angeles (we reported).
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.