Kia has announced that it will foray into transportation segments beyond the traditional passenger and commercial vehicles. The company has teased a number of Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs) that would be seen serving the futuristic mobility needs in countries with advanced transport infrastructure. One of these teased PBVs would be an electric quadricycle which we had heard about last year.
We are building Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs), otherwise known as PBVs. From a micro autonomous pod to a small individual urban transporter, a mid-size commuter, or a large logistic companion, we are rising to the challenge.Karim Habib Senior Vice President, Head of Kia Global Design Center at New Kia Brand Showcase
In tune with today’s scenario where people prefer private transport over public mobility fearing for their health and safety, Kia is planning to launch a mini electric model along the lines of the Citroen Ami.
In an interaction with AutoExpress last year, Emilio Herrera, Kia Motors Europe COO had said that in a survey that Kia conducted in China, 65% people want to use their private cars, up from 35 per cent before the coronavirus crisis, as they feel unsafe in public transportation. He said that Kia finds a great potential in small micro vehicles for urban mobility and is studying a proposal to build a small electric vehicle.
China has more of the micro vehicles than any other part of the world. These models have evolved into more than a point-to-point mode of transport to that of a safe, connected and autonomous form of transport. One example is Baojun E300 while another (slightly bigger one) is the Leap Motor’s L4 Autonomous mini car.
Kia is looking to make a vehicle in the L6 and L7 categories that are fully-electric with a small range intended only for urban mobility. This vehicle will offer a private alternative to public transportation with driving costs similar to the latter. To be cost effective, Kia will take the route that Citroen recently ventured in with its Ami.
Citroen Ami is available in several ownership options – it can be bought completely for 6,000 euros or can be leased at a monthly rent of 19.99 euros after a down payment of 2,644 euros or at 0.26 euro per minute through car-sharing plan through Free2Move. The user of the vehicle does not need a driving license and even a 14-year old can use it in a country like France.
Herrera further said that Kia needs to be having a flexible subscription model at very low prices for the small car and Ami is one of the cars that Kia has looked at. He has also stated that Kia could be sharing this platform with Hyundai for its own model but first the platform will be a dedicated one from Kia.
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