What is it? The all-electric Kia POP concept vehicle gives an idea of what the company imagines the future of urban travel might look like. And Kia thinks it looks small, with POP measuring less than 10-feet long and requiring little more than three yards of parking space. The three-seater is said to go 100 miles on a single charge. The POP follows the Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept, which was introduced at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. These concepts showcase Kias long-term green car strategy, an effort boosted by the introduction of the Optima hybrid sedan in LA.
Powering the POP concept are highly efficient compact lithium-polymer gel batteries, which are lightweight and require little space. The company says the batteries offer the same power performance as a lithium-ion battery, but with a 20-percent reduction in battery size and reduced manufacturing complexity. Kia also claims the POP can reach a top speed of 87 miles per hour and can be completely recharged in six hours.