Kia Ray EV

Kia Ray EV

Kia is joining the electric car game, at least in Korea. Kia will build 2500 of the all-electric Ray EV for the Korean government. As of now, there aren’t any plans to sell the Ray EV to the public. My guess would be that this is a test run to get their feet wet. Using the government as a guinea pig is a much safer bet than using the general public.

The Ray is a small boxy type vehicle – similar to the Soul or Nissan Cube. Here are some quick specs:

  • 86 mile driving range
  • 16.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • 50 kW electric motor
  • 0-62 MPH in 15.9 seconds1
  • 123 lb-ft of torque
  • Fast charge in 25 minutes

Nothing ground breaking here. As planned, the Ray would not work in the United States. However, I see now reason why it couldn’t work elsewhere, giving Kia some experience with electric vehicles. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that Kia learns quickly.

Kia Ray EV Gallery


  1. In the United States, we consider this dangerously slow. In the rest of the world, they consider it slightly pokey but perfectly livable.  ↩

Published on December 26, 2011 in Electric Cars,Kia

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