Kia will launch at least two BEVs per year from 2023 on starting with the Kia EV9 SUV

3 March 2022, 12:16:08

Kia will launch at least two BEVs per year from 2023 on starting with the Kia EV9 SUVKia has built on its strategic commitment to become a leader in sustainable mobility with the roadmap to 2030 at the company's 2022 CEO Investor Day virtual event. The roadmap builds on Kia's successful Plan S strategy first announced in 2020 and reveals further details on how the company will achieve its vision to become a Sustainable Mobility Solutions Provider. This corporate vision is supported by three key pillars – ‘people’, ‘planet’ and ‘profit’. Under these pillars, Kia will strive to enhance customer value and nurture talents, reduce carbon emissions in consideration for the environment, and generate profits while working as a responsible corporate citizen. Kia also announced its four key business targets for 2030: Starting with an annual global sales goal of 3.15 million units in 2022, Kia aims to continue its quantitative growth by building on the company’s world-leading product quality. The aim is to achieve 4 million units in 2030, a 27 percent increase from Kia’s target for 2022. As part of this quantitative growth, the company will also expand sales of eco-friendly vehicles (including BEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)) through enabling and accelerating its electrification efforts. The company will make the sales of these vehicles the focus of future business growth. Kia will expand the proportion of eco-friendly cars from 17 percent of global sales in 2022 to 52 percent in 2030. In major markets with strong environmental regulations and a growing demand for EVs, such as Korea, North America, Europe and China, Kia plans to increase its proportion of eco-friendly car sales by up to 78 percent by 2030.

Kia is accelerating its transition to EVs to solidify its position as the world's leading EV maker. First, the company plans to expand its BEV product line-up. Starting in 2023, Kia plans to launch at least two BEVs per year and build a full line-up of 14 BEVs by 2027. Compared to its previous plan to release 11 models by 2026, Kia will add two electric pickup trucks – a dedicated electric pickup truck and a strategic model for emerging markets – and an entry-level BEV model.

Kia plans to reaffirm its leadership in the EV market through its flagship electric vehicle the Kia EV9, set for launch in 2023. Although the EV9 is a large SUV with a total length of around 5 meters, it boasts excellent acceleration of 0-100km/h in five seconds, and range of approximately 540km on a full charge. It can also provide 100km driving range on just a six-minute charge. A first for Kia, the EV9 will also feature OTA (Over the Air) and FoD (Feature on Demand) services that will allow customers to selectively purchase software functions. In addition, it will be the first model to be equipped with Kia’s advanced AutoMode autonomous driving technology.

Thanks to new models like the EV9, Kia aims to increase sales of its BEVs. Starting with 160,000 BEV sales this year, Kia aims to sell 807,000 units in 2026 and 1.2 million in 2030 – a 36 percent increase from the 2030 EV target announced during last year's CEO Investor Day. Kia projects that over 80 percent of its BEV sales in 2030 will come from Korea, North America, Europe and China, with BEVs taking a 45 percent share of total Kia sales in these major markets.

To accommodate this expanding volume of EVs, the roles of individual production sites will evolve. Korea will serve as a global hub for research, development, production and supply of EVs, while other global production sites will produce strategic EVs for each market. In Europe, for example, small and medium-sized EVs will be produced starting from 2025. In the United States, where mid-sized SUVs and pickups are popular, electric versions of these models will be produced locally from 2024. In China, Kia plans to introduce mid-size electric vehicle models from next year, and India plans to produce entry and mid-size EV models from 2025.

Kia is planning to establish a battery supply and demand strategy and upgrade battery technology as demand is expected to increase significantly from 13GWh to 119GWh in 2030 due to increased EV sales. Kia plans to supply batteries from the Indonesian battery cell joint venture and will simultaneously establish a stable battery supply and demand system by outsourcing to global battery companies. In addition, the company plans to increase battery energy density by 50 percent by 2030 and reduce system costs by 40 percent, thereby enhancing both performance and price competitiveness.

Kia has highlighted four key product areas in which the company can mobilize its capabilities to the fullest to lead the future mobility industry: connected car services, autonomous driving technology, performance and design. From 2025, all new Kia vehicles will be equipped with class-leading connected car features. With the availability of OTA software update (Over-the-Air) and FoD (Feature-on-Demand) services across the Kia line-up, customers will be able to keep their vehicles up-to-date with various features and technologies. Kia's range of autonomous driving technologies, branded ‘AutoMode’, will be rapidly expanded throughout the line-up starting with the EV9 in 2023.

Kia AutoMode supports performance optimization through wireless updates and will be improved as the technology develops. It will also include Highway Driving Pilot feature which would enable driving without driver intervention on highway sections. By 2026, all new models launched in major markets will be available with AutoMode autonomous driving technology, with an adoption rate expected to surpass 80 percent. Long term, the company plans to further upgrade AutoMode technology and implement fully autonomous driving technology. Kia will also focus on providing differentiated design for its products and expanding high performance model offerings. Beginning with the launch of the EV6 GT high performance model, Kia plans to expand the GT line-up to all BEV models.

Kia also announced its mid- to long-term financial goals during the CEO Investor Day. By 2026, the company aims to reach a total of KRW 120 trillion in gross revenue, with 10 trillion won in operating profit and an operating profit margin of 8.3 percent. Kia aims to increase its market capitalization to KRW 100 trillion by 2026 – a threefold increase compared to KRW 33 trillion at the end of 2021.

The company plans to garner 39 percent of operating profit from BEVs in 2026 with the reduction of fixed costs through volume expansion and cost reduction from technology development. Furthermore, Kia expects that by 2026, the contribution to operating profit from all eco-friendly models will reach 52 percent, exceeding that of internal combustion engine models. To achieve these goals, Kia will not only expand sales of its eco-friendly models but also greatly improve profitability, securing additional sales and profit structures due to the commercialization of new businesses and technologies.

Kia will invest a total of 28 trillion won in its business operations over the next five years, up five trillion won from the previous plan, of which 46 percent will be invested in future projects, more than doubling the 2021 figure of 19 percent. Going forward, Kia will continue its commitment for Environment Social Governance (ESG) management. Kia established a mid- to long-term roadmap for ESG management in 2020 and announced its goal to be carbon neutral by 2045.

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2023 Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 192.9 in / 4900 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 5696.74 lb / 2584 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 111 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

2022 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 63.6 in / 1615 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2022 Audi e-tron S quattro

2022 Audi e-tron S quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 64.1 in / 1629 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 63.6 in / 1615 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2021 Audi e-tron S quattro

2021 Audi e-tron S quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 64.1 in / 1629 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro Vorsprung

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 180.6 in / 4588 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 4717.89 lb / 2140 kg
Electric motor #1: 150 kW, 310 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 70 kW, 150 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 82 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro Edition 1

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 180.6 in / 4588 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 4717.89 lb / 2140 kg
Electric motor #1: 150 kW, 310 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 70 kW, 150 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 82 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro S Line

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 180.6 in / 4588 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 4717.89 lb / 2140 kg
Electric motor #1: 150 kW, 310 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 70 kW, 150 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 82 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning PLATINUM Extended Range (710A)

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Length: 232.7 in / 5911 mm
Location: Rear
Location: Front
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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning LARIAT Extended Range (511A)

Doors: 4, Seats: 5
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Location: Front
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2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 205.6 in / 5223 mm
Height: 59.8 in / 1520 mm
Curb weight: 5853.27 lb / 2655 kg
Electric motor #1: 245 kW @ 4500 - 13500 rpm, 565 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 239 kW, 290 Nm, Location: Front
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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 205.4 in / 5216 mm
Height: 59.5 in / 1512 mm
Curb weight: 5698.95 lb / 2585 kg
Electric motor #1: 245 kW @ 4500 - 13500 rpm, 565 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 140 kW, 290 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 107.8 kWh, Voltage: 500 V

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 205.4 in / 5216 mm
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2022 Genesis GV60

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2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6 Extended Range 4WD GT

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2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6 Extended Range 4WD GT-Line S

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Curb weight: 4530.5 lb / 2055 kg
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2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6 Extended Range 4WD GT-Line

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Height: 61.0 in / 1550 mm
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Electric motor #2: 74 kW @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, 255 Nm @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, Location: Front
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2022 BMW iX xDrive50

2022 BMW iX xDrive50

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 195.0 in / 4953 mm
Width: 77.4 in / 1967 mm
Height: 66.8 in / 1696 mm
Curb weight: 5379.28 lb / 2440 kg
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