Kia Motors India (KMI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state of Andhra Pradesh to collaborate on the ‘Partnership for Future Eco Mobility,’ aimed at bringing eco-friendly vehicles to the market. In line with this, the company handed over three electric vehicles of its Niro model – Hybrid (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and EV – to Andhra Pradesh government. The MoU also reinforces Kia’s commitment to support the Andhra Pradesh government in growing the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) and the development of a local EV infrastructure, the company noted.
The MoU was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu and Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and CEO, KMI. In addition to the handover of the three EVs, Kia has also installed a vehicle charging station at Secretariat, for representatives from the regional government to charge this environmentally-friendly fleet. This partnership also signifies Kia’s long-term commitment to build eco-friendly vehicles at its upcoming plant in Anantapur, an important step for the future of clean mobility in the Indian market.
The Niro EV is a fully-electric crossover capable of travelling 455 km on a single charge by Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test procedure (WLTP) combined test cycle. The Niro HEV and Niro PHEV are already among the best-selling hybrid vehicles globally, employing parallel hybrid powertrains. These powertrains switch between petrol and electric power, or offer a combination of both, recharging their batteries whenever possible to maximise electric vehicle range.
KMI noted that the Andhra Pradesh government is developing 14 smart cities to enhance the lives of residents and enable businesses to optimise their resources. As part of Kia’s commitment to the market, it is working with the regional government to design a new generation of transportation systems that would be apt for each of these cities. This is part of a wider plan by Kia to offer alternative mobility within the Indian market, the company said.
Shim said that future mobility will be defined by connected and sustainable technologies that play an important role in bringing customer lifestyles and what’s good for the environment together. Kia is taking a lead in the global eco-friendly vehicle market, and is confident of achieving the same in India, he added. Shim further said that this new partnership with the Andhra Pradesh government highlights the company can support the growth of EV infrastructure and uptake of eco-friendly vehicles, bringing exciting new possibilities for future mobility in India.
Kia has in place its ‘ACE’ strategy – to produce Autonomous, Connected and ECO/Electric cars – which will see the brand adopt connected car technologies across every vehicle segment by 2030. In addition to this, the company plans to offer 16 electrified vehicle models by 2025. The company continues to invest in the development and commercialisation of autonomous driving and eco-friendly vehicles. KMI also said that the company has plans to develop an electric vehicle platform that would be custom for the India market.