2010 Geneva Auto Show: Kia Venga EV Concept
Offering the world an early glimpse at its future thinking with respect to plug-ins, the Kia Venga EV Concept appeared to be a pretty production-ready exercise. An eco-intensive variation on an existing conventional B-segment Kia model, the Venga EV Concept is fitted with an electric motor that develops 109 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Energizing its circuits is an advanced twin-module 24 kWh Lithium-ion-Polymer (LiPoly) battery pack that gives the Venga EV Concept a single-charge range of 112 miles while letting it run 0-62 mph in 11.8 seconds and travel at speeds of up to 87 mph.
The front-drive Venga EV Concept has its motor under the hood, the battery packs are mounts under the trunk floor. Kia says the LiPoly batteries can be fully replenished from a conventional outlet in eight hours but a dedicated high-power commercial charger can bring it back to 80 percent of its capacity in about 20 minutes.