Until 2020, we were hearing rumors about a Kia Carnival hybrid coming to market. This year, new intel suggests that instead, Kia might launch a fully electrified version of the latest minivan: the Kia Carnival EV.
S.Korean portal ETNews reports on future Kia electric car launches
In an exclusive report it published on November 4, 2021, ETNews talked about how Kia’s AutoLand Gwangmyeong plant will be involved in the company’s EV onslaught. It suggested that the Kia EV9 will roll out of this factory. Additionally, it claimed that Kia plans to convert the fourth-gen Carnival into hybrid and electric models. AutoLand Gwangmyeong is the mother plant of the gasoline and diesel Carnival.
This isn’t the first time we are hearing of a Kia Carnival electric being on the roadmap. A Daily Car report had claimed the existence of a zero-emissions Carnival in the Kia line-up on July 16, 2021. According to that report, Kia may launch the hybrid and pure electric variants of the Carnival in the first markets as early as 2023. Earlier reports had ruled out the possibility of the Carnival Hybrid and Carnival AWD citing structural unsuitability, the low floor and flat folding seats. Perhaps Kia developers have had a breakthrough with the platform for electrified variants.
Kia developing 11 electric models
Kia plans to expand its EV line-up to eleven models by 2026, seven of which will be dedicated EVs based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. The other four EVs will be conversions of ICE models, including partially electrified models like the Kia Niro EV. Now we know that one of those four EVs could be a pure electric Carnival as well. The hybrid variant of Carnival could arrive first, though. Meanwhile, sister brand Hyundai has already confirmed a hydrogen fuel cell electric van launch in the second half of 2022 – the Hyundai Staria Fuel Cell.
Kia’s ultimate goal is to become carbon-neutral on the product front globally. In that journey, the company plans to achieve new milestones every few years, including converting the whole product line-up to EVs in Europe by 2035 and then in other major markets (presumably incl. the U.S.) by 2040. Moreover, it will launch hydrogen FCEVs starting in 2028. By 2025, parent company Hyundai Motor Group plans to build a strong EV portfolio of 23 EVs and 21 other eco-friendly models across brands (Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis).
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