Kia Unveils EV3 and EV4 Concepts, Showcases Interior Design
Kia has revealed advanced details about the eco-friendly interiors of its EV3 and EV4 concept models, emphasizing the brand’s strategic shift towards sustainable mobility. The initiative is part of Kia’s broader commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations by 2045.
The interiors of the Concept EV3 and EV4 are designed by Kia’s CMF (Color, Materials, Finish) team, drawing inspiration from natural elements. The EV3 focuses on the element of Air, featuring natural fiber structures for lightweight seat design and a 3D Knit technology for seat covers. The EV4, inspired by the Earth element, incorporates natural dyes and 100% recycled cotton.
“Mycelium, which comes from mushroom roots, combines excellent strength with an extremely soft surface. Developing grown materials, a process referred to as bio fabrication, is a major goal for Kia,” said Marília Biill, Head of CMF Design at Kia.
The company is also exploring the use of hemp fibers and bioplastics, produced from biomass sources like vegetable oils and sugarcane, in vehicle components. Earlier this year, Kia introduced 10 must-have sustainable items for all new model lines, including Bio Polyurethane (PU) as an optimal leather replacement and vehicle carpets created from 100% recycled PET.
The sustainable materials and methodologies in the EV3 and EV4 concept vehicles are part of Kia’s ongoing efforts to minimize its environmental impact. The brand aims to implement these solutions at scale in the future, building on its history of integrating sustainable materials that began with the 2014 Soul EV.
You can see the interiors are very clean, simple and basic, just showing the steering wheel and a screen, reminiscent of Tesla’s interior design, nonetheless. Kia and Hyundai previously announced they will adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard.