Kia ‘AutoMode’ Coming Soon; 14 Battery Electric Vehicles by 2027

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Kia shared its sustainability roadmap on Wednesday at the 2022 CEO Investor Day virtual event, including plans to release several new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and a new autonomous driving mode in the years to come.

Kia plans to unveil 14 BEV models by 2027, and it will deploy its autonomous driving mode “AutoMode” in 2023 in the EV9, as detailed in a press release.

The two are part of a plan for Kia to surpass 1.2 million BEVs by 2030, targeting a total of 4 million yearly vehicle sales by the same year.

The Hyundai-owned automaker will begin launching at least two BEVs per year starting in 2023, and will add two electric pickup units and an entry-level BEV to its previous plan, which only had the company releasing 11 models by 2026.

The release also explains that “AutoMode” will be expanded throughout the company’s lineup beginning in 2023.

AutoMode will be available in all of the company’s lineup by 2026, and the automaker expects customer adoption of the self-driving technology to surpass 80 percent of users.

Not surprisingly, Kia’s cars will also update through over the air (OTA) software updates, not unlike Teslas or other BEVs.

The KIA EV6 will start at a price of $40,900 USD in the U.S., and arrival at dealerships is imminent.