Kia debuts EV concept Naimo

Kia debuted its electric car concept Naimo (pronounced "Neh-mo") at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. Named for its square shape, the Naimo looks a little like a miniaturized Pontiac Aztek without B-pillars.

The Kia Naimo is a four-seater five-door electric concept that debuted at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show.
The Kia Naimo is a four-seat five-door electric concept that debuted at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. Kia

Kia debuted its electric car concept Naimo (pronounced "Neh-mo") at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show.

Named for its square shape, the Naimo looks a little like a scaled-down Pontiac Aztek without B-pillars. By using carriage doors and a hatchback, the four-seater maintains a small footprint with a length of just under 13 feet, putting its size somewhere between a Mini Cooper and a Mini Clubman. It also forgoes traditional windshield wipers, and instead uses a high-intensity air jet at the base of the windshield to blow off rain and water. You may have experienced similar technology at your local drive-through car wash.

The EV offers a 124-mile range from its 27kWh lithium ion polymer battery and a top speed of 93 mph from its 109 horsepower electric motor. Similar to the Nissan Leaf , it's outfitted with a 50-kilowatt fast charger that can recharge its battery to 80 percent of capacity within 25 minutes.

The Naimo is the third electric car Kia revealed within the past 12 months. At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the carmaker showed the Venga, which is rumored to enter production in 2013. The micro EV concept Pop made its world debut at the 2010 Parti Auto Show. All three electric vehicles are on display at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show.

 

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