Electric Vehicles

Kia is now promising 11 new EVs by 2026; here's what's coming

Kia has plans to bring 11 new models to its lineup by 2026.

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In an Investor Day update, Kia recently updated the status of its Plan S product plan. The gist is that the company's pace for electrification has quickened with the automaker set to deliver 11 new electric vehicles by 2026.

"Kia is being reborn in 2021 with a new logo, new design, and new corporate name," said President Song. "Kia will transform into a brand that excites and inspires customers with innovative mobility experiences."

By 2030, Kia projects that electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will make up 40 percent of all sales. The company is targeting around 1.6 million of these types of vehicles sold annual. Within that figure is the expectation that Kia will grow EV sales to 880,000 units by 2030 and become a "top global seller".

Kia fireworks new logo Kia revealed a new logo and slogan while setting a Guinness World Record for fireworks earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia expected their RV (recreational vehicle) sales share to rise from 56 percent in 2020 to 65 percent in 2025.

Seven of the new models will be built on the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture. Four will be based on existing internal combustion engine (ICE) derivatives. Models build on the E-GMP platform are expected to set new benchmarks for all-electric range, driving performance, interior space, and technology, according to the company. They will also function as smart devices, with audio video navigation telematics, over-the-air tech, and feature on demand (FoD) services.

According to the presentation, one of the models will roll out this year and another will come in 2022. Plan on three in 2023, two in 2024, and two or three in 2025-2026.

Kia "CV"

The first dedicated EV Kia will bring to market is codenamed "CV". It will have Highway Driving Assist Level 2 (HDA2) technology. Level 2 technology encompasses advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technology. ADAS is advanced enough that the vehicle can perform steering and acceleration functions, but requires a driver to monitor the tech at all times and intervene when necessary. General Motors' Super Cruise is just one of the brand name technologies that qualifies for this designation.

Starting in 2023, Kia EVs will be equipped with Highway Driving Pilot (HDP), a step further toward Level 3 development.

The first dedicated EV from Kia, codenamed CV, will be featured with HDA2 (Highway Driving Assist Level 2) technology. Starting in 2023, Kia EVs will be equipped with Highway Driving Pilot (HDP), a crucial autonomous driving Level 3 development.

Further details on the CV will be made public in March 2021.

Purpose-built vehicles

Kia's first purpose-built vehicle (PBV) will be revealed by 2022. The automaker recently announced that it is working on next-generation military vehicles. That development program will replace the Korean military's current 2.5- and 5.0-ton vehicles.

The new vehicles will be created on the company's new PBV platform. Kia plans to cooperate with other companies to develop micro/large board platforms for unmanned delivery and e-commerce sectors. The company will also advance its own highly scalable small board platforms and technologies. Kia is targeting annual sales of 1 million PBV units by 2030.

Mobility services

In the coming years, Kia will expand existing services. In Spain, the company's flagship car-sharing service Wible will be expanded with Wible Más and Wible Empresas (tentatively named). KiaMobility, which was launched in September in Italy and Russia as a pilot program, will soon launch in additional markets in Europe.

Additional mobility initiatives include business-to-government and business-to-business services. This EV-centric program combines the benefits of subscription and car-sharing allowing vehicles to be used for business on weekdays and rented by individuals on the weekends.

The Kia Flex subscription program was introduced in Korea in 2019 and will launch globally later this year under the "Kia Subscription" name. The service will be operated by Sixt Leasing, which was acquired by Hyundai Motor Group last year, and the vehicles will be provided by the company's regional affiliates and dealers.

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The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be the next member of the company's all-electric family.

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There's a new Porsche car coming and despite the way it looks, it's not a fresh all-electric Panamera. It's the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The car was spied on the roads east of Weissach, Germany, doing its finally testing wearing very little camouflage.

We already know that the underpinnings of the new car are pretty much the same as what's in the Taycan sedan. Its outside isn't too dissimilar from the Taycan either, with much of the face holding the family looks and its back getting a sport wagon treatment that's similar to the Panamera - new fenders a longer roof, and a hatchback. The car also has an increased ride height.

And that's just what we can see from the photos. The car was darting along the countryside between frozen farmland and snow-covered forests. Porsche has confirmed many of these details and they were the ones that released the photos of the car testing - something usually left up to a spy photographer but in a COVID world, here we are.

They also released a video showcasing the car and its testing journey, featuring Stefan Weckbach, Vice President of the Taycan product line at Porsche. Take a watch.

The Camouflaged Taycan Cross Turismo Hits the Road www.youtube.com

Just a few days later, Porsche released video of the inside of the Taycan Cross Turismo, giving enthusiasts a peek behind the scenes on its development.

Taycan Cross Turismo - Inner Space www.youtube.com

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to be fully revealed later this year.

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The long process to design, engineer, and award a contract for the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) next-generation mail delivery vehicle (NGDV) has finally come to an end. The government has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract to produce the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle for service. Oshkosh Defense is a a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK).

The NGDV project is the USPS's first large-scale fleet procurement in three decades. Over the next 10 years, the contract allows for the delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 new vehicles.

"Oshkosh operates with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services to build, protect and serve communities around the world. We are honored to have been selected by the USPS to support their important work by manufacturing American-made Next Generation Delivery Vehicles that will connect every home and business across the United States for decades to come," said John Pfeifer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Oshkosh Corporation.

U.S. Postal Service's Next-Generation Mail Delivery Vehicle

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The new mail trucks will have multiple powertrain options, just like many passenger vehicles on the road today. There will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) version that runs exclusively on electric power and a fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) variant.

Under the contract awarded today, USPS has committed to paying Oshkosh Defense $482 million as a first step toward the new vehicles' production. The money will be used to finalize the production vehicle design and complete factory build-out, all of which is necessary before production gets underway. The process is similar to ones mass market vehicle manufacturers use.

"Our century-long history of delivering products to customers, operating in some of the most demanding and severe conditions on the planet, uniquely positions us to bring exceptional reliability, safety, and maintainability to USPS's Next Generation Delivery Vehicles," said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense. "Partnering with trusted suppliers, we have developed a purpose-built solution to support the current and future needs of the USPS," Bryant concluded.

In addition to a new exterior and powertrain options, the NGTV also gets modern features and amenities like a rearview camera, walk-in cargo area, air condition, telematics, and a sliding cargo door. There's also a host of safety technology and equipment including airbags, automatic front and rear braking, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera, and forward collision warning.

Production of the next generation delivery vehicle is expected to begin in 2023.

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