Electric Kia Naimo unveiled

  • Fiesta-sized four-seater at Seoul motor show
  • 124-mile range, 93mph top speed
  • First electric Kia expected around 2012
Kia's electric concept car, the Naimo, is on view at the Seoul motor show
Kia's electric concept car, the Naimo, is on view at the Seoul motor show
Kia has unveiled a new electric concept car called the Naimo at the Seoul motor show.

Pronounced Neh-mo, meaning 'square shape', the Naimo has an asymmetric sunroof, wraparound windscreen and, like the Ford B-Max, has no door-pillars to make access to the cabin easier.

The rear doors open backwards, while the rear tailgate is split three ways to allow for easier access to the loadbay.

A 108bhp electric motor can bring the car up to a top speed of 93mph, while a pair of 27kWh lithium polymer batteries give the Naimo a range of around 124 miles.

A quick recharge to 80% capacity takes 25 minutes, while a full charge through a domestic socket takes five-and-a-half-hours.

Kia says the Naimo will join its fleet of alternatively fuelled test vehicles and that the company could have a fully electric car on sale by 2012.

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