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Kia’s Dedicated Electric Cars Will Be Named EV1-EV9

Kia announced today that its dedicated electric cars, based on the E-GMP platform, will be named EV1∼EV9.

That mirrors the naming strategy of the sister brand – Hyundai, which decided to name the new models: Ioniq 1- Ioniq 9. The first will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Kia EVs - EV1-EV9

The name of the first “CV” model is not yet known. The other Kia electric cars, based on existing ICE models, probably will be named as today: Kia Soul EV or Kia Niro EV.

Other automotive groups also introduced a special naming strategy or subbrand for all-electric (or plug-in cars in general).

Volkswagen has the “ID.”, Mercedes-Benz “EQ”, Audi “e-tron”, BMW “i”, Volvo “Recharge”, etc.

We expect that over the years, those new subbrands will take over, while the old names will retire to maybe return again someday.

Kia EVs

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