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Kia Unveils Eco-Focused Concept EV5 in Shanghai

Source: KIA Corporation

Seoul, South Korea / Shanghai, China - Kia Corporation unveiled the Concept EV5 at the Kia Chinese EV Day.

Why it matters:

The unveiling of Kia's Concept EV5 at the Chinese EV Day in Shanghai signals the automaker's focus on establishing itself as a global leader in electrification.

Aimed initially at the Chinese market, the vehicle represents a significant milestone in Kia's transition to sustainable mobility.

The Key points:

  • The Concept EV5 adheres to Kia's 'Opposites United' design philosophy, which combines influences from nature and modern design.
  • Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Corporation, confirmed the company's entry into China's EV market, citing the goal of sustainable mobility solutions.
  • The vehicle's interior features sustainable materials such as seaweed extract, upcycled PET bottles, and a flat floor layout to increase cabin space.

The Big Picture

Kia Corporation unveiled its Concept EV5 during the recent Chinese EV Day event in Shanghai.

The model, launched in China later this year, reflects the company's broader electrification strategy.

The vehicle's design philosophy is "Opposites United," which aims to harmonize natural and urban landscape elements.

Ho Sung Song, who heads Kia Corporation, said the Concept EV5 is an integral part of Kia's mission to position itself as a leader in sustainable mobility.

Design features such as the Digital Tiger Face and Star Map signature lighting point to the future design direction of Kia's electric models.

The interior design incorporates a range of sustainable materials.

A flat floor maximizes cabin space, while seaweed extract and upcycled PET bottles provide an alternative to traditional materials such as animal leather.

Other interior elements include a full-length sunroof that doubles as a solar panel and adaptable bridge lighting technology.

Kia has not released any information regarding introducing the Concept EV5 to other global markets.

The focus on the Chinese market aligns with China's increasing emphasis on green mobility through government policy.