by: Green Car Reports Contributing Editor Stephen Edelstein
(Green Car Reports) – A day after parent company Hyundai released an updated EV plan, Kia released its own revised plan with some notable new models, including an electric pickup truck.
The plan calls for “a dedicated electric pickup truck and strategic model for emerging markets,” as well as an “entry-level” electric vehicle, according to a Kia press release. They will be among 14 new electric vehicles that Kia plans to launch globally by 2027, compared to previous plans for 11 models by 2025.
Kia has also confirmed that the EV9 SUV, which was first shown as a concept at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, is expected to launch in 2023. The EV9 will be the first Kia model to feature over-the-air (OTA) update capability, a “feature on demand” feature that will require Selectively select customers will purchase software features and launch a driver assistance system called AutoMode, the automaker said.
The automaker also plans to increase not only the number of electric models, but also the overall sales volume of electric vehicles. Its goal is to increase annual sales from the current 160,000 units to 807,000 units in 2026 and 1.2 million units in 2030.
Kia’s Electric Vehicle Push starts with the EV6 crossover, which is just beginning to arrive in showrooms across the United States. And provided you don’t count dealer surcharge reports, it is easier to buy an EV6 than a Hyundai Ioniq 5, which uses the same E-GMP platform and was to be launched alongside the Kia.