Kia Ray Concept at the 2010 Chicago auto show

Kia Ray Concept at the 2010 Chicago auto show

2010 Chicago Auto Show, Chicago, IL – Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept. Stephen J. Kosowski, Manager, Long Range Strategy & Planning, Kia Motors America

Designers and Engineers worked on the Kia Ray to give it reduced drag, touch-screen controls, drive-by-wire steering, “cool-glazing” solar glass and a lithium-polymer battery “ all possible indicators of future technology from Kia. As a plug-in hybrid, Ray is designed to reach driving distances of more than 50 miles using it’s electric motor on a single charge, and has a fuel economy rating of more than 202 miles per gallon, and has a total range of 746 miles.

Hybrid Architecture

The Ray Concept is designed to be powered by an all-aluminum 153-horsepower Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) 1.4-liter engine mated to a permanently-engaged fixed ratio Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), used in combination with a 78kw electric motor. Depending on driving conditions, power is sent to the wheels from the gasoline engine, the electric motor, or both together. The Ray concept is front-wheel drive with a four-wheel independent suspension.

Exterior Dimensions
Length:173.2 inches / 4,400 mm
Width:72.8 inches / 1,850 mm
Height:53.5 inches / 1,360 mm
Wheel base:106.3 inches / 2,700 mm
Tires195/50 R20 low-rolling resistance
Engine1.4-liter Gamma 153-hp GDI engine / 78kw electric motor
TransmissionCVT/ fixed ratio
BatteriesLithium-ion polymer
Top Speed109 mph
Fuel Economy (Pure HEV Mode)77.6 mpg
Fuel Economy (Plug-in HEV Mode)202.3 mpg
Vehicle Range746 miles
Cd0.25
SteeringBy-wire

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.