Kia is busy plotting its road to electrification. The Korean brand has said it will debut 14 EVs globally by 2027, with eight EVs for the U.S. by 2029, and convert half of its new-vehicle sales from gasoline to electric by the early 2030s.
Kia also has been revamping its crossover-heavy lineup with freshenings and redesigns spanning the 2022 and 2023 model years. The fifth-generation Sportage compact crossover, which went on sale early this year, now offers buyers hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The staggered rollout of the eco-friendly powertrains still awaits an exact on-sale date for the plug-in hybrid version.
The Niro, Kia's "trifecta of electrification," bowed as a redesign for 2023. The hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric models, increased in size and performance, have garnered more attention thanks to interest in the brand's new EV6 electric compact crossover. The EV6 burst onto the scene in a quirky commercial starring an electric dog during this year's Super Bowl that helped showcase the EV and its vehicle-to-load capability. A high-performance EV6 GT model is on the horizon.