PBVs are vehicles that are designed for specific applications, such as last-mile delivery, autonomous shuttles and chauffeur-driven luxury vehicles.
In the case of the new project, as Kia’s next-generation PBVs are currently undergoing final product development and optimisation, the work will use an e-Niro modified for last-mile logistics service in Singapore’s city centre, helping to respond to the needs of the rapidly growing e-commerce market.
The operations will begin in Singapore in the first half of this year and will provide Kia with core PBV project competencies and experiences, including: developing EV-based PBVs that are optimised for last-mile delivery; advancing the Car as a Service (CaaS) platform for fleets and leasing needs; establishing an EV-charging ecosystem; and creating an EV fleet management services structure.
DongSoo Ahn, vice president and head of the PBV Business Group at Kia Corporation, said: “Through this agreement, Kia will leave a strong image of itself as a collaborative partner providing new value to global mobility service companies. Kia will strive to lead the global PBV market by establishing partnerships with various operators through not only last-mile delivery services but also various open-innovation collaborations.”
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