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.
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