Kia Motors is developing an ultra-compact electric car to rival existing models such as the Citroen Ami, in an effort to provide people with affordable alternatives to public transport in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

In an interview with Auto Express, Kia Motors’ Europe COO, Emilio Herrera, said the South Korean carmaker had noted the rise in the use of private transportation following the COVID-19 outbreak and was working to fill a gap in the market for a small, economical, sustainable, urban-friendly car.

“Those vehicles we are targeting are EVs – 100 per cent electric with a small range, but being used only in an urban environment.”

Kia’s model, Mr Herrera said, would rival existing offerings like the Citroen Ami, a Europe-only micro electric vehicle offering a range of only 71km and a top speed of 45km/h.

 

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