Kia plans on releasing 16 new electrified models by 2025, Periodismodel Motor reports.
The South Korean automaker has long been involved in the EV space and is ramping up its efforts. This comes despite the company recently experiencing a dip in sales across Europe. It is reported that Kia’s plans will involve the launch of five electric cars, five hybrids, five plug-in hybrid models, and one hydrogen fuel-cell model to arrive next year.
Not all of the 16 models in question will be all-new as some will simply be facelifted and updated versions of existing models.
Kia Europe chief operating officer Emilio Herrera revealed in an interview late last month that production of two of the company’s new electrified models, the XCeed and Ceed estate plug-in hybrids, will kick off in November at its Zilina plant in Slovakia. In addition, Kia will start building a mild-hybrid version of the Ceed hatchback in November.
Over in the SUV world, Kia will start selling the new Sorrento in hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms from 2020 before unveiling a production-ready example of the Imagine by Kia concept powered solely by electricity.
Kia’s latest e-Soul currently waves the EV flag for the car manufacturer. It features a 201 hp electric motor and a 64 kWh battery pack that provides it with an impressive 281-miles (452 km) of range. The car has been well received by the motoring press and is a promising start for the company in this new-age of electrification.