Mike Stevens | Mar 31, 2011

Kia is quickly developing a name for itself as a developer of sometimes stylish, often bizarre concepts, and the Naimo EV revealed in Seoul this week is no exception.

The unique looking Naimo, named literally for the Korean word 'ne-mo' which means 'square shape', is powered by a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor producing 80kW and 280Nm of torque.

With its electric heart and twin-pack 27kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, the Naimo offers a 200km driving range and a top speed of 150km/h.

Thanks to its 50kW quick recharging cycle, the Naimo can be recharged to 80 percent of its capacity within 25 minutes. Regular charging, at 3.3kW, a full recharge is accomplished in five and a half hours.

In what is probably the most realistic view yet of Kia's future production EV plants, the quirky Naimo features a wraparound glasshouse, along with dot-style LED lighting at the front and rear.

Inside, the concept features hand-crafted materials including a Korean oak-trimmed floor and door panels, and 'Han-ji' paper for the headlining. Kia says these materials were used to evoke "a sense of tranquility" in the cabin.

Kia hasn't revealed any plans for a production version of the Naimo, although the vehicle's technology forms part of Kia's development program for a range of production EVs in the future.

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