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Kia uses fungus root, ocean trash in eco-friendly EV interiors
Date : 2023.11.04
Kia"s EV4 sedan
The South Korean automaker displayed the new approach this month at its EV Day presentation, where executives unveiled three new all-electric vehicles. The EV5 crossover and concept versions of a smaller EV3 crossover and EV4 sedan all showcased innovative cabins.
Organic dies, recycled cotton, paneling made from hemp and flax fiber, 3D knitted seats and, of course, mycelium mushroom root are all part of Kia"s new nature-embracing strategy. Down the road, the automaker also plans to use plastic from recycled ocean trash.
The unusual materials augment new design features meant to modernize Kia"s cabins for the EV era. Features include hideaway buttons, sliding console tables, mood lighting, slim seating, unique rotating pin-style air vents and a wide horizontal dashboard layout for an open and airy ambiance.
A look at the EV4"s wide-open entry.
Kia"s focus on earth-easy interiors kicks off with the EV9 crossover, which goes on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year. The EV9 will introduce what the company calls its 10 must-have materials for a greener, plant-based, leather-free ride.
The electric crossover makes extensive use of recycled polyethylene terephthalate and bioplastics, even incorporating discarded fishing nets to create some of its fabrics and carpets.
"We"ve said we"re not going to use leather anymore," Kia design director Karim Habib said. "The replacement, in my view, is fabric. We"re not trying to achieve an opulent, plush luxury. We"re trying to be more modern."
The EV4"s profile
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