Kia introduces Korea's first production electric vehicle

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The Kia Ray EV’s unique navigation system locates closest recharging stations

Kia Motors has launched Korea's first production electric vehicle. The Kia Ray EV is a zero-emissions city car with a range of up to 139 km (86 miles) on a single charge.

The Ray EV is a close relative of Kia's 1.0-litre gasoline powered Ray CUV, which went on sale in Korea last year. It shares that model's major dimensions and, in a global first for an EV manufacturer, can share a production line with conventional combustion-engine cars.

The front-wheel drive Ray EV is powered by a 50kW electric motor and a high-capacity 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack that is engineered for a 10-year life cycle and packaged under the rear seat and cabin floor.

The electric car will only be produced for the domestic Korean market. 2,500 units are to be produced in 2012 for use by government agencies.

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