Kia reveals first ever electric car

The Kia Ray EV is a small electric vehicle whose design resembles the Kia Soul MPV but whose size is in line with a much smaller city car.

It has been produced for South Korea initially, where it will be trialled by government agencies in 2012, the car maker has revealed.

The Kia Ray boasts a electric powertrain capable of travelling 86 miles on a single charge, which can take as little as 25 minutes at a fast charging station.

The Kia Ray EV is capable of travelling at 81 mph and can reach 0-62mph in a modest 15.9 seconds. While the car is not set to go on sale in the UK it does indicate an electric model could be on its way in future.

Kia will launch its first ever hybrid car in the shape of the Kia Optima saloon early in 2012, while improved engines for the new Kia Picanto make it one of only a handful of petrol cars to qualify for zero road tax in the UK.

However, an electric vehicle has not been announced for the UK despite a number of electric concepts from the manufacturer, including the compact Kia Pop concept city car which was first revealed in 2010.