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KIA will build a dedicated factory in Korea for its modular PBVs

The name PBV comes from the anglicism Purpose Built Vehicle. It is a vehicle designed to be able to adapt to any need. With a unique foundation, PBVs change their modular structure to fit the specific requirements of a job. Although KIA had already reported its intention to address this segment, still unexplored, now it details its plans a little more, such as the place where these units will be produced.

KIA considers that integration in the PBV segment is fundamental in its strategy to become a leading brand of sustainable mobility in the year 2030. To meet these objectives, the Koreans are going to build a large factory where they will exclusively produce modular electric vehicles. It will be an innovative plant with intelligent manufacturing systems, which KIA has called E-Forest. A commercial name that combines the electric with the harmonization of all the elements to work as one.

Plans call for construction to start in the middle of next year. With an unknown capital investment, the center will be built at KIA’s current facility in Hwaseong, South Korea, although it is not expected to be operational for another year and a half. The PBVs will start their production throughout the year 2025. Initially, the plant will have a production capacity of 100,000 vehicles per year.being able to increase the rate up to 150,000 units per year if the demand is higher than expected.

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PBVs change their modular structure to fit the specific requirements of a job

The first model to roll off the assembly line will be a mid-size PBV currently known by the code SW. It will be supported by a skateboard-like platform called eS developed specifically for modular vehicles. This platform can be coupled to different solutions and sizes, so KIA will be able to offer a whole portfolio of versions adapted to clients and jobs. The main destination will be to perform unmanned general logistics functions in different environments.

Each vehicle will be connected to the network in order to receive remote updates OTA (Over the Air). Updates that will allow you to improve its performance and operability when the technology allows it. At the moment, KIA has not given much more information, in addition to what we could already know at the end of last month. Output from the Korean plant will go all over the world, including the expected passenger versions that by 2030 are expected to do robo-taxi jobs.

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