Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept
Kia Motors is clearly committed to creating machines that utilize
alternative energy sources. The Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept,
first revealed at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, is an impressive
example of this. It is a strong indication of just how serious
Kia is about their powertrain research program.
Inside The Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept
The Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept is part of the EcoDynamics
sub-brand. It gets this prestigious sticker because of its worthy
contributions towards the dream of vehicles that seriously reduce
emissions and fuel consumption. This sleek four-seat compact
sedan is truly a powerful combination of form and function.
To call it an incredible marriage of design and engineering
really doesn't do it enough credit. This is a great example
of a vehicle that has managed to achieve both the goal of significantly
reducing a vehicle's dependency on fossil fuels, and of creating
a car that doesn't sacrifice style or performance in being able
to do this.
Built from lightweight and recycled materials, the Kia Ray
Plug-in Hybrid concept features hexagonal roof-top solar cells
that have been entrenched in the glass roof panel. This powers
the extra lighting or climate control systems. The car truly
delivers the touches that people want from a new car. The Kia
Ray features a deck lid that is somewhat raised to decrease
drag, touch-screen controls, drive-by-wire steering, a lithium-polymer
battery, and cool-glazing solar glass. The interior design is
also worth raving about.
The soothing white tones of the interior combined with the
recycled materials to create a vehicle that can do a fantastic
job of standing up to the hot son. This means you won't be using
your air-conditioner nearly as often as you would with another
One of the most important aspects of this car, one that people
will certainly want to know more about, is just how effective
the plug-in feature is. You don't need to worry. A single charge
can keep your car going for as far as 50 miles.
This is one of the most significant gains to date in the area
of plug-in cars. It gives those who are interesting in the further
development of this technology a lot to be excited about. The
staggering fuel economy rating of 202 miles just makes the whole
package even sweeter.
If the Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid is truly the future, then it's
a very bright future indeed.