2018 L.A. Auto Show: Top Cars

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Kia Niro EV
The Niro EV gets its motivation from an electric motor that produces 201 horsepower and a strong 291 lb-ft of torque that comes on instantly for great acceleration. Range hasn’t been announced, but based on the battery power it should be in excess of 200 miles. With a DC fast charger, Niro EV can gain about 100 miles of range for every 30 minutes of charge. With a Level 2 charger, a full charge will take around 9.5 hours — or overnight for most owners. Since electric cars run silent, Kia has given the Niro EV an artificial sound described as a “techy whirring noise.” While this does make the Niro EV sound pretty cool, the noise is actually designed as a safety feature to alert pedestrians to the car’s presence.

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