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Kia has announced that it will begin construction of a new plant with the capacity to build up to 100,000 PBVs from 2023.

20 May 2022 | International News : South Korea

Following the announcement that it will be building dedicated taxis based on the previous Kia Niro, Kia is now taking one step closer towards its transition into a sustainable mobility provider with the announcement that it will establish an all new, high-tech smart manufacturing facility dedicated to producing electric Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV).

The intelligent new production hub for PBVs will be located within Kia's existing Hwaseong manufacturing site in Korea. The company plans to begin construction in the first half of 2023, with the aim to commence commercial production in the second half of 2025.

The new PBV facility will build a mid-sized PBV, Kia's first dedicated PBV model. This PBV will be based on Kia's eS skateboard platform, which has been designed to flexibly accommodate various PBV model sizes in response to diverse customer demands. Following the launch of this model, Kia will diversify into unmanned micro-sized PBVs, general logistics, fresh food, multi-seat shuttles and large PBVs that can be used as mobile offices or shops.

Kia states the new plant will initially be able to build 100,000 PBVs a year with the capacity to increase production to 150,000 units annually in line with the growth of PBV market.

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