Apparently our Geneva Motor Show crew overlooked a one of the cars at the Kia stand this week. The Korean company showed off a battery electric version of its new Venga B-segment tall wagon. Like the rest of the Kia and Hyundai hybrids and plug-in concepts either in production or recently shown, the Venga EV uses lithium polymer batteries, likely sourced from LG Chem. The battery pack is stored under the floorpan of the electric vehicle (EV).
The Venga EV contains 24 kilowatt-hours of battery capacity. The front wheels are driven by an 80 kilowatt motor with 206 pound-feet of torque. The concept has about 112 miles of driving range and a 50 kW fast charge can provide an 80 percent recharge in 20 minutes. A full charge at normal power levels takes about eight hours.