Gallery: Super Futuristic Kia Pop EV Unveiled At Paris Motor Show


What’s small, compact, able to be charged in six hours and has a top speed of the 87mph? Why it’s the Kia Pop, the latest concept car from Kia that is not only fully-electric but, despite its small size, has a range of 100 miles. As smart cars go, it’s a striking design with its curvaceous looks and chrome finish resembling something out of Minority Report, however it also has the environmental credentials to go with its looks. Powered by compact lithium polymer gel batteries, the POP only takes 6 hours to charge and can then do 160km (100 miles) in a single journey.

It also has impressive specs inside, as well as under the hood. The POP boasts a Transparent Organic LED (TOLED) that displays all of the vehicle’s relevant readouts such as speed, fuel consumption and distance travelled. The chrome finish and the plexi front give the car a futuristic space-ship vibe while preserving the comfort consumers expect from cars, even ones of this size. In fact, despite its tininess, the POP still offers impressive leg room for the driver of 1.7m. I’m not sure about all the purple though…

In the company’s press statement, Gregory Guillaume, Kia Europe’s Chief Designer, said of the POP,  “A concept car like the POP could only have come from Kia. Designers very rarely have the opportunity to start from a clean sheet of paper and it’s great to be in a position to operate with such freedom.”

It should be noted however that this is still a ‘concept car’ and when the vehicle is released worldwide, changes could be made to the design. But for now this looks to not only be a practical and beautifully designed car from Kia, but also an environmentally-friendly one.

+ Kia Motor Corporation

Via Engadget

Images © from Kia


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  1. Kia Parts December 13, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Hydrogen is great in a lot of ways, but there are hurdles to overcome with hydrogen power that may make battery EV’s easier to manufacture, use, and make infrastructure for.

  2. WBrooke September 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Don’t be too frustrated antkm.
    It is good that there is research going into both modes.

    Hydrogen is great in a lot of ways, but there are hurdles to overcome with hydrogen power that may make battery EV’s easier to manufacture, use, and make infrastructure for.

    Either way, hydrogen or batteries are just different storage media for energy. With batteries, the energy from the electricity grid is used to fill up the batteries. With Hydrogen from electrolosis, the energy from the grid is used to split water, the hydrogen is cooled or compressed to store it in your car, and then in your car’s fuel cell the hydrogen is re-formed into water which creates your power. The hydrogen system has a lot more steps, and in each step energy is lost due to efficiency limits and in each step the entropy increases (bad news for power systems). Hydrogen from electrolosis is just not that efficient a way to store energy since electrolosis is not so efficient, and you use power to compress and cool the hydrogen.

    As you said, most of the hydrogen produced today is from the big oil and gas companies. Why? Because the oil and gas molecules have a lot of hydrogen that is relatively easy to get with steam reformation. So your Honda Clarity FCX is actually running on natural gas, but in a very inefficient way. The natural gas must be steam-reformed to strip the hydrogen molecules. The steam probably comes from burning natural gas in a big industrial boiler. The resulting hydrogen stream must be cooled and compressed (using electricity) before arriving at the gas station for you to use in your car. And the fuel cell, while more efficient than a combustion engine, still produces a lot of heat which is an energy form not available for moving you forward in your car. At the end of the day it be more efficient just to burn the natural gas in an internal combustion engine.

    And there is the problem of storing hydrogen since it is such a small molecule. It leaks from every container through the spaces between the molecules making up the container. And hydrogen makes metals brittle, making pipelines dangerous.

    I think the better way to go for cars is batteries filling up from the electricity grid. Let’s not kid ourselves, most of the grid electricity is coal generated, but as utility-scale renewables gain traction, the electricity grid will clean up and with it so will your battery electric car.

  3. antkm1 September 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    As much as I love seeing all these “concept” EV’s, I’d really like to see more Hydrogen powered EV’s. I just watched an episode of Top Gear where they reviewed the Tesla Roadster and the Honda FCX Clarity. Now i must make a caveat that this show isn’t the most green-friendly show, but they do do reviews on eco-friendly cars as well as the 10mpg Ferrari’s as well. However, they just re-affirmed to me that Hydrogen is the fuel of the future, and continued to frustrate me as to why Hydrogen is not being use more seriously. you know who supplies the hydrogen fueling stations for the FCX? It’s Shell…SHELL!!! So if Shell can produce Hydrogen in CA, why not the rest of the country? If not the rest of the World? Granted Hydrogen is a bit costly to produce, but other countries have found ways to produce it with wind and solar combined? This just frustrates the heck out of me. EV battery cars are nice, but it still comes from COAL, more than not. Emissions are down, granted. But Europe has diesel cars that produce upwards of 70mpg, with reduced emissions too! and you can make diesel from re-purposed vegetable oil…Mythbusters proved that one. And these aren’t you’re little Sh*tbox cars either, we’re talking VW Golfs and similar. We had an American back in the 1980’s the produced a gasoline care out of stock parts that produced 113mpg!!! In the 1980’s!!!

    Sorry for the rant, but it just frustrates me how all these great things, and America gives it the middle finger.

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