Electric Kia POP concept car debuts at Paris Motor Show 2010
Kia Motors celebrated world premier of its all-new, eye-catching, compact and unique electric POP concept car at 106th Paris Motor Show. Spotlighting Kia’s focus on striking design and new technologies, this chrome-colored, three-meter-long three-seater POP with electric drivetrain, oblong-shaped side windows and front-hinged doors took center stage on Kia’s Paris Show stand.
The POP concept was designed by Kia’s European design team under direction of Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer, and Gregory Guillaume, Kia Europe’s Chief Designer. POP concept car features a striking side-window design, high-tech feel of dot-pattern head and tail-lights, back-lit front grille, full-length glass roof, rear-view cameras in each door, and simplistic look of wheels. These all point to inspiration from outside usual automotive spheres, such as high-speed bicycles and gliders.
Inside this car, the purple color scheme creates a calm and peaceful environment within space-ship like cabin. Facing the driver, a small piece of plexi-glass in front of the steering wheel shows Transparent Organic LED (TOLED) display for speed, battery charge, and other main readouts, while on the go. At other times it’s totally transparent. To the right of steering wheel, is a sculpted, chrome-look panel featuring only one button, with every other function controlled via an animated touch screen.
The front seat is actually a sculpted bench, with flowing lines. The rear seat is positioned at an offset angle, resulting in legroom for a 1,740 mm wide car with a wheelbase of just 2,055 mm. Designed to accommodate a single passenger, this seat is a two-part affair, with a base that flips up when not in use and a backrest and a head restraint integrated into headlining.
POP is a fully-electric, zero-emissions car with 60 ps, 190 Nm motor. It’s powered by compact, highly efficient lithium polymer gel batteries and is fully rechargeable in just six hours. This car gives top speed of 140 kph, with a maximum range of 160 km on single charge. As compared to Aptera 2e three-wheeler electric car, Kia POP concept electric car looks much beautiful.