Kia Motors Unveils Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Chicago Auto Show

Kia Rya Concept

In brief: Kia's Ray concept is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedan shaped much like the Honda Insight, but very different in under-the-hood design.

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Make/Model: Ray
Manufacturer: Kia Motors

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Kia Rya concept

The Ray is innovative on several fronts, not the least of which is its use of an all-aluminum Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) 1.4L engine with a permanently-engaged, fixed ratio Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This combines with a 78kW motor and lithium-polymer battery pack.

The power train is a parallel hybrid which normally runs all-electric, but with the engine able to engage to run independently or in parallel with the motor. The car runs as front-wheel drive with four-wheel independent suspension.

It's capable of all-electric driving for up to 50 miles, a total range of 746 miles, and a fuel economy rating of 202mpg for those miles.

Other economic driving enhancers are also included in the cockpit and most of the car is built of lightweight and recyclable materials, with solar cells embedded into the rooftop for lighting and climate controls.

And so ...

The design is from Kia's Irvine, California design center and is based on the Forte platform. Very nice.

Photo credits: Kia Motors America

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