The South Korean based automaker Kia has recently introduced its Ray model on the local auto market, which is actually the first electric vehicle of the company.

Even if the Kia Ray can be called anything except a new appearance on the market, with some images being released a few months ago and even a new commercial video being presented in December 2011, this is actually the first time when the car manufacturer is actually talking about the Ray’s technical parts and performance. Kia says that the Ray model has a maximum range of 139 km or 86 miles, and the model can be fully recharged in six hours via a standard 220V outlet and in just 25 minutes in fast-charge mode.

According to the carmaker, the Kia Ray EV is using a 16.4 kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack which has been placed under the rear seat which is powering a 50kW electric motor that is developing a peak torque of 167 Nm (123 lb-ft), with the power being sent to the front wheels. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time takes 15.9 seconds and the top speed is 130 km/h (81 mph), and we honestly don’t know why Kia gave us those numbers. There’s no official word on the pricing yet and the model is available in South Korea exclusively.


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