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Kia Ray

For the concept car, see Kia Ray (concept car)
Kia Ray
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Overview
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Production 2012-
Assembly Seosan, South Korea (Donghee)
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Related Kia Picanto
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L Kappa II I3 (petrol)
1.0 L Kappa II I3 (petrol/LPG)
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Battery 16.4 kWh lithium ion battery
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The Kia Ray EV is an electric-powered mini MPV manufactured by Kia Motors. The initial roll out was a limited production of 2,500 units destined for the South Korean government fleets, scheduled to be deployed in 2012. The Ray EV is a predecessor to an all-electric crossover that Kia planned to launch globally in 2014.[1] In May 2013 a fleet of 184 Kia Ray EVs were deployed in Seoul as part of a carsharing service called "Electric Vehicle Sharing” at a rate of US$5 per hour. The service has 15,000 registered customers.[2]

The Ray has a unique door layout; the passenger side of the vehicle has a sliding door for the rear seats, while the driver's side has a swing-out door. The car has boxy dimensions, much like other similarly sized cars, such as the Honda Freed and Suzuki Solio. The Ray's interior benefits from the square shape, as it has more space than most cars its size; however, it is only able to seat four people.

The Ray EV is the automaker's first production battery electric vehicle. It is powered by a Script error: No such module "convert". electric motor, with a 16.4 kWh lithium ion battery that allows an all-electric range of Script error: No such module "convert". depending on driving conditions.[3]

The Kia Ray is also available in non-EV types equipped with gasoline and bi-fuel with a gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) combination.[citation needed] Both engines are available in four trims - Deluxe, Special, Luxury and Prestige. Only available in the local Korea domestic market, both engines produce similar power and outputs. The gasoline engine generates 78ps/6,400rpm and 9.6 kg.m/3,500rpm. Both engines capacity is 998cc with fuel economies generating 17 km/l for gasoline and bi-fuel delivering 16.6 km/l on gasoline mode and 13.2 km/l on LPG mode. Gasoline engine models weigh in at 998 kg with bi-fuel models weighing in at 1,042 kg. Both are equipped to a 4 speed automatic and currently sold in the Republic of Korea.[citation needed]

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References

  1. ^ "Kia Introduces Ray EV, We Offer Initial Impressions". Car & Driver. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  2. ^ Eric Loveday (2013-05-06). "South Korea Now Offers Electric Vehicle Rentals With Rollout of 184 Kia Ray EVs". InsideEVs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ "New Kia Ray is Korea's first production EV". Autoblog Green. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

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