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author photo by Lindsay Martell December 2016

Electric vehicles are all the rage, and Kia is angling to join the party.

The automaker's European Chief Operating Officer, Michael Cole, has said that by 2020, Kia will offer 14 alternative-fuel vehicles globally. These will include EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, as well as a fuel-cell model.

Hello, Hybrids

In an Autocar report, Cole went on to say that a hybrid Optima wagon is due soon (although this is unlikely to be available in the U.S.), along with a plug-in version of the Niro, joining the recently launched Niro hybrid, the established Soul EV and the hybrid Optima sedan. He believes hybrids are now more widely accepted and said that a fuel-cell Kia will appear "around 2020".

Other Kia news? Fans of the brand can look forward to a small crossover that will rival the Nissan Juke."It's very exciting and a natural fit because of the Sportage and Sorento SUVs," he said. "It's an area where we've actually got some heritage."

Next to Niro

At the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Kia debuted the all-new 2017 Niro hybrid subcompact crossover vehicle -- also known as a hybrid utility vehicle. It's the only one on the market, and it features an all-new, state-of-the-art Kappa 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder engineered specifically for hybrid applications. The Niro is the first Kia to make use of an all-new, dedicated eco-car platform. But it certainly won't be the last.

The buzz is...the company hopes to inch its way toward becoming a green-car sales leader -- and become the second-largest seller of green cars worldwide after Toyota.

Bold steps from a bold automaker. Let the countdown to 2020 begin!

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