KIA Niro: Emergency Rescue Guide - Introduction/ Identification

Emergency Rescue Guide - Introduction

Document Purpose

The purpose of this document is to familiarize first responders and the towing/roadside assistance industry with the proper methods to handle the Niro PHEV in an emergency situation. This guide gives a basic overview of key vehicle systems and instructions for dealing with the different types of emergencies encountered by first responders. The emergency response procedures for this vehicle will provide how to deal with the high voltage electrical system.

Within this Emergency Response Guide you will find Notices, Cautions, Warningsand Dangers which provide critical information and help you do your job safely andefficiently. Below are the definitions of these terms. When you see a Notice, Caution,Warning or Danger, be certain you understand the message before you attempt toperform any part of an emergency response procedure.

Warning

A Danger alerts you to a hazardous situation which, if not avoided willresult in death or serious injury.

Warning

A Warning alerts you to a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

Warning

A Caution alerts you to a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.

Warning

A Notice alerts you to a situation which, if not avoided, could result in vehicle damage.

Vehicle Description

As with other PHEV, the Kia Niro PHEV uses the combination of a conventional gasolinepowered internal combustion engine and a high voltage electric motor to propel the vehicle. This combination provides for improved gas mileage over a conventional Kia as well as an increase in power over the standard 4-cylinder engine. Unlike HEV, Niro PHEV's high voltage battery can be recharged through the charge port on the left fender. It increases the driving range at EV mode and fuel efficiency. And also the high voltage battery is recharged automatically while driving. This is accomplished through the engine and regenerative braking system that produces electricity while driving and braking.

Emergency Rescue Guide - Identification

Emergency Rescue Guide - Identification

Identifying a Kia Niro

"Eco plug-in" logo on tail gate

The Niro PHEV can be easily identified by the "Eco plug-in" logo attached on the tail gate.

Warning

Electrocution Risk

The hybrid logo can become hidden after a crash due to damage to the vehicle. Always be sure to utilize additional methods of identification before determining the vehicle is not a hybrid.

Engine Room

Engine Room

A "plug-in Hybrid" badge is also displayed under the hood on the engine cover. Also, the High Voltage cabling is orange per SAE standard. Cables run from the bottom of the vehicle where they connect the High Voltage Battery to the HPCU (Hybrid Power Control Unit), Motor, Inverter, and other High Voltage components at the front of the vehicle.The presence of orange cables under the hood identifies the vehicle as an PHEV.

VIN Label

VIN Label

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) identifies the Hybrid with a "D" displayed in the 8th position, as shown in the below drawing.

The VIN can be found:

  1. Underneath the front passenger seat (or driver seat).
  2. On the vehicle certification label attached to the driver's side (or passenger) center pillar.

Niro Cluster Instrument Panel

Niro Cluster Instrument Panel

The Niro PHEV Cluster Instrument Panel displays the PHEV specific features such as high voltage battery SOC (State of Charge) in the highlighted part.

Main Electronic Systems

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     Main Electronic Systems

     High Voltage System

    Vehicle components 12V auxiliary battery The 12V auxiliary battery is located in the right side of the luggage room, and powers all of the vehicle's standard electronics like radio, air conditioner, etc. Also, it powers the HPCU (Hybrid

     Airbag system (SRS: Supplemental Restraint System)

    Airbag Seven airbags are installed in the Niro, located in standard area of the vehicle so that the first responder can find them immediately. Before emergency procedure, make sure the vehicle ignition switch is turned off, disconnect the negat

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     Electrical Circuit Inspection Procedure

    Check Open Circuit Procedures for Open Circuit Continuity Check Voltage Check If an open circuit occurs (as seen in (FIG. 1)), it can be found by performing Step 2 (Continuity Check Method) or Step 3 (Voltage Check Method) as s

     Safe Exit Warning malfunction and limitations

    Safe Exit Warning malfunction A: Check Blind-Spot Safety system When Safe Exit Warning is not working properly, the warning message will appear on the cluster, and the master warning light ( ) will appear on the cluster. Have Safe Exit