After the debut of Kia Ray’s gasoline version, Kia produced the Ray EV, which is a zero emission vehicle with a range up to 139km on a single charge. Although the Ray EV weighs 187kg more than its gasoline counterpart, it still able to produce adequate performance with a strong electric motor. 50kW and 167Nm of torque is available this time, about 77% increase in torque compared to gasoline version. This will ensure a strong takeoff from idle.
Recharging time for the Ray EV is six hours if a 220V household supply is used. However, it only need 25 minutes in fast-charge mode for the 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack.
Like the Mitsubishi MiEV, Ray EV also comes with options while driving in ‘D’ (Drive) mode. ‘E’ (‘eco’) mode optimizes the motor’s torque to achieve low battery consumption. ‘B’ (brake) mode is to maximize braking power while driving down hill and optimizes regenerative braking.
Kia fitted the Ray EV with Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) which emits a recorded sound of gasoline engine. This is to prevent accidents with pedestrian because unlike gasoline engine, EV emits (almost) no noise.