Kia to launch electric van range

A brand-new range of automated electric vans from Kia could be on sale as early as 2025, after the Korean manufacturer revealed plans to move into the LCV market at the annual CES technology show in Los Angeles.

The ‘PV’ range was previewed in concept form at the US event as a precursor to Kia’s move into the van market, using what it calls its Platform Beyond Vehicle (PBV) architecture. 

Said to be due as soon as 2025, the first model will be the PV5 medium van, offered in panel van, high-roof and chassis cab layouts, as well as a 6-8 seater people carrier aimed at the taxi and ride sharing markets.

Two more PV models are set to follow – the PV7 large van and the PV1, which is aimed at rivals such as the Citroën e-Berlingo.  

One of the key benefits for operators will be the vans’ internal software, which will be able to download and programme route and delivery data and plan operations around the driver’s working hours and the vans’ electric range.

The PBV platform also allows quick and easy switching of modular bodywork, its ‘Easy Swap’ technology allowing users to switch the upper bodywork to convert the van to a different purpose in a matter of minutes, with the body attached electromagnetically to the chassis.

“Kia’s PBV business represents our vision of going beyond the traditional concept of automobiles by fulfilling the unmet needs of diverse customers and communities through optimised vehicles and services catering to specific market and business circumstances,” said Ho Sung Song, Kia President and CEO.

“Kia PBVs will be an enabler of business innovation thanks to our customer-centric management system, EV mass production expertise, and the Hyundai Motor Group’s rapidly developing SDx strategy and related future businesses. We are excited to show that we are fully prepared to become the first mover in the global PBV market.”


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