Kia Building Electric Car, Hogs It for Themselves

By Blake Z. Rong | October 03, 2011
By the end of the year, Kia wants to debut a plug-in electric vehicle—just not in America. The electric-car project is known internally as TAM, and will be based on a car that’s not sold in America anyway: Hyundai’s i10 city car, a Lilliputian gumdrop of a runabout. By next year Kia hopes to build 2,000 EVs, with more models coming by 2014. However, a call to Kia revealed that it will only be launched in the Korean market, with no plans for expanding availability outside South Korea, where Kia has been testing its prototypes since September of last year. And after dipping its toe into the hybrid-vehicle pool with the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata, the company believes it’s ready for the EV game. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to find out.
Source: Automotive News, Kia
JOel A
JOel A

I think Kia's waiting to see how its fuel-efficient vehicles and the Optima hybrid work out before seriuosly committing to EVs here in the states.