TechCrunch's Sean O'Kane is reporting that Kia reveals new commercial EV lineup at CES 2024. 

At CES 2024, Kia unveiled its new lineup of commercial electric vehicles (EVs), including vans, trucks, ride-hailing, and last-mile delivery vehicles, all built on a new modular platform. Kia announced a global partnership with Uber, signaling its first customer for this lineup. The vehicles feature a modular design with fixed driver cabs and interchangeable 'life modules' for the cabin, connected via mechanical couplings and electromagnets. While specific details and specs were limited, Kia plans to start production in a dedicated plant in South Korea in 2025, with an initial annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles, potentially expanding to 300,000. The lineup includes the Kia PV5, a three-row van coming in 2025, a larger PV7 due in 2027, a smaller PV1, and a potential robotaxi version in 2028. The design of these vehicles is described as stark and utilitarian, contrasting with the more stylish Hyundai Staria van. Kia's approach is somewhat similar to the offerings of EV startup Canoo, with whom Hyundai once had a partnership.

Source: TechCrunch

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