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Kia Ray EV (photos)

The Kia Ray EV has some unique features, from an instrument panel that shows EV stations to special slow-driving, prerecorded backup sounds and a battery pack that boasts a 10-year life cycle.

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Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.
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The Ray EV's bold instrument cluster displays electric motor operation, battery status, and distance to recharge.
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The front radiator grille flap of the Ray EV covers an electricity inlet for a 220-volt supply for the slow recharge mode. The fast recharge mode inlet is in the same location as the fuel intake of the regular models.
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The Ray EV is equipped with the first-ever EV-specific navigation system that features a 7-inch screen and provides information on the nearest locations of the slow/fast recharging stations.
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The generally silent-running Ray EV features a Virtual Engine Sound System; when driven at speeds below 12 mph, or when backing up, this system delivers a mix of prerecorded gas engine noises.
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The Kia Ray EV rides on supersmooth 14-inch alloy wheels for optimal aerodynamic performance and minimal drag.
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The Kia Ray EV shares the same major dimensions as the Kia Ray CUV and can share a production line with conventional combustion-engine vehicles.
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Kia designed the Ray EV to be as safe as gasoline cars. It comes equipped with six air-bags and standard electronic stability features including VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) and HAC (Hill Assist Control) to prevent rollback.
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The lithium ion polymer battery pack of the Ray EV is engineered for a 10-year lifecycle. It is located under the rear seat and cabin floor, instead of creating a hump between the driver and passenger sides.

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