Kia builds new factory for special purpose vehicles – report
That It is said to have decided to build its first new factory in Korea in 25 years for the upcoming “special purpose vehicle” (PBV).
It is located in Hwaesong, South Korea and will be the first Kia plant in Korea since the third Hwaseong plant was completed in 1997. The size of this new plant is yet to be confirmed.
Sources say Korean Car Blog This new plant needs to be separate from the existing ones as it will produce vehicles on the recently announced eS platform, a scalable skateboard platform for PBV.
Construction of the plant is expected to be completed in 2024, and the first PBV with a dedicated platform is scheduled to be introduced in 2025.
Kia has previously described the PBV as a customizable vehicle that “can quickly and accurately respond to customer requests”. General Motors (GM) and Toyota are also developing PBVs.
The Korean automaker announced in Events of investors in the 2030 roadmap that they found “demand for logistics and delivery services has increased significantly following the rise of e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The first PBV that Kia will produce is a Niro EV called Niro Plus. Revealed in 2022, this PBV has a higher roofline than the regular Niro and is intended for taxi and ride hailing purposes.
The second will be the Ray MUV which will be available as a single-seat van or a five-passenger engine.
The first dedicated PBV that Kia will produce will be moderate in size and is being developed to reduce operating costs for business owners.
Kia says it will offer a maximum interior height of 1.8 meters, a variety of body configurations, online updates and SAE Level 4 autonomous driving technology.
In the future, Kia plans to launch the PBV in various sizes.
A “Micro PBV” will be targeted to on-demand grocery and food delivery services and will also offer SAE Level 4 autonomous driving technology.
A “large PBV” will have “stronger performance” and can be used as a delivery van, a refrigerated truck, a passenger van, and a mobile store or office, for example.
Also in this Vision 2030 announcement, Kia said it will launch two electric pickups by 2027, as it aims to have a full 14 EVs by that year.
The automaker also says it will introduce at least two EVs a year starting in 2023, with high-performance GT variants of each new line-up.
Kia said South Korea will act as a global hub for research, development, production and supply of electric vehicles, while other global production sites will produce “strategic” electric vehicles for each market. school.
For example, Kia says it will start producing a new small and mid-size electric vehicle in Europe from 2025.
One of the first new EVs will be large in size EV9 SUV was shown as a concept at LA AutoMobility in 2021.
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