Kia is celebrating after its zero emissions Kia e-Niro vehicle became the first all-electric car to win the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year award.
At the 42nd annual awards ceremony, held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, the Kia e-Niro electric car made history by becoming the first ever Korean car to scoop the prestigious award, beating the challenge of 23 other category winners to take the overall title.
Held on 22 January, the awards ceremony saw the Kia e-Niro car gain victory for its class leading 282-mile range for the Electric Car of the Year awards, as well as the overall Car of the Year award.
Kia say the car has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long range, zero emissions driving; this is achieved by using new production technologies that are developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.
The Editor of What Car? Steve Huntingford, said Kia’s success at the awards ceremony is a sign of the progress made in the electric vehicle market.
He said: “The demand for electric cars has grown exponentially in recent years, and 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet.
“Most of the leading manufacturers have plans for new EVs, and the fact that the Kia e-Niro was able to beat all its petrol and diesel rivals to win the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year award shows how far this technology has developed.
“The e-Niro stood out because it addresses the key issues of cost and range that have traditionally prevented many motorists from taking the plunge into EV ownership. Here is a spacious and practical family SUV that demands very few compromises.”
The success of this vehicle is indicative of the direction the transport industry is taking; central and local governments want to reduce pollution and toxic air – zero emission vehicles are key to this, with charging infrastructure also required to satisfy demand.