Kia's Platform Beyond Vehicle division (PBV) aims to disrupt Ford, Chevrolet,
and Ram's commercial van market. With a focus on robotics, advanced air mobility, and-
autonomous cars, PBV aims to revolutionize the mobility industry in 2024.
This system consists of an adaptable chassis with interchangeable bodies called "life modules."
By integrating hybrid electromagnetic and mechanical couplings, these modules can-
quickly transform from a taxi to a delivery van. Concept PV5, designed for ride-hailing and-
delivery services, is the first step in Kia's PBV plan. Featuring a flexible design, the PV5 is available in-
several different variations including the Basic, Van, High Roof, Robotaxi, and Chassis Cab.
Second-phase models PV7 and PV1, oriented toward short-distance logistics, will increase the lineup.
Motional-operated robotaxi version will incorporate Level 4 autonomous driving and a-
collaboration with fly electric taxi startup Supernal. An annual capacity of 150,000 units will-
be produced at the Hwaseong factory beginning in 2025. A 25 percent tariff on light trucks might-
make it difficult for Kia to sell its products in the United States.