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Kia E-Niro EV packs some impressive range

When it comes to the US, it should be the next mass-market EV to surpass the Chevrolet Bolt EV's range.

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Kia has brought the production version of the Euro-spec Niro EV, known as the e-Niro, to the Paris Motor Show.     

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While Kia hasn't offered official confirmation that the e-Niro will come to the US, Roadshow has been told that those wheels are already in motion, so it will likely make an appearance at a major US auto show in the next few months.

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Under the e-Niro's body is an electric motor that puts out 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.   

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Two batteries are on offer -- a 64-kWh battery and a smaller, 39.2-kWh one, which also relies on a less powerful electric motor.     

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The e-Niro with the larger battery should run for about 300 miles per charge, according to the European WLTP combined testing cycle.    

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In the US, that number will dip slightly, but it should have a better range than the 258-mile Hyundai Kona Electric.     

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Regenerative braking will help drivers get a few miles back during a commute.

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A driving-assistant system will offer suggestions when to coast or brake, further improving its efficiency.    

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The look of the e-Niro isn't all that different from the standard Niro, which is available as both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid.     

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While the e-Niro goes on sale in Europe before year's end, we'll have to wait a bit longer to get it in the States.     

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Kia's US website says it's set to arrive in the US by year's end, as well, but we've heard that it's been delayed.    

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