Kia is on a roll with electric vehicles. This year the automaker again upped its electrification target, saying it will sell 2.38 million full-electric and hybrid vehicles globally in 2030 — an increase of 300,000 vehicles over last year's target. EVs will make up about 1.6 million of those vehicles.
Kia also now plans to launch 15 EV models by 2027 — one more than previously announced.
In the U.S., the automaker will launch eight EVs by 2029 and convert half of its new-vehicle sales to electric power from gasoline by the early 2030s.
First up is the EV9, a new flagship EV and a three-row crossover that offers larger families a legitimate kid-hauler option. It also will be the first domestically built EV from Kia after production moves to its assembly plant in West Point, Ga., next year. Eventually, the EV9 will likely benefit from the joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and battery maker SK On.