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The Kia Electric and Hybrid Range
Kia Electric and Hybrid cars use electric power or a combination of electric and petrol power to drive the engine. This makes them more economical to run with lower emissions than a traditional petrol driven car.
So, whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, or simply wish to lower the cost of running your car, there are plenty of reasons to go electric and making the switch is much simpler than you might think.
Thinking about switching to a more environmentally friendly car with lower or even zero emissions? If you’re new to the world of electric and hybrid cars, our simple guide below will hopefully answer all of your questions.
What is a battery electric car?
A battery electric vehicle is better for the environment than a petrol or diesel car, cheaper to run and simpler to own. Like the sound of that? Our simple guide can tell you more.
What is a Hybrid or Self-Charging Hybrid car?
A hybrid or self-charging hybrid car switches between petrol and electric automatically to optimise driving performance, improve fuel economy and lower emissions. Simply get in and the car generates power as you drive. No plugging in required.
What is a Plug-In Hybrid car?
Plug-in Hybrid cars use a combination of petrol and electric to offer you many of the benefits of an electric car and a petrol engine combined.
What is a Mild Hybrid car?
Kia’s mild hybrid cars use a very small battery and a clever motor/generator to save fuel and lower emissions.
How does charging work?
Don’t worry, charging may seem complicated, but in reality it’s very simple. Hybrid and electric cars are most commonly charged at home, but can be charged at work, or at thousands of public chargers, such as at supermarkets or service stations.
What is the cost of running an electric car?
Owning an electric car is cheaper than you might think, with Government grants, tax incentives and lower running costs.
Reasons to drive an Electric or Hybrid car
The Eco-nomical choice
Because Hybrid cars use an electric motor as an additional source of power to support the combustion less fuel is used, which in turn cuts down your running costs.
For company car drivers, battery-electric cars are subject to a lower company car BIK tax, which for battery-electric cars registered after the 6th April 2020 is 0%. This increases to 1% in 2021/22 and to 2% in 2022/23. All hybrid powertrains also benefit from lower BIK tax rates and still have the potential to save you thousands of pounds compared to a traditional petrol or diesel equivalent.
Electric cars are incredibly quiet, making for a more relaxing atmosphere. Driving is easy too, because electric motors produce maximum torque at all revs, so acceleration is instant. While all Hybrids handle just as smoothly as conventional cars, with the added bonus that they are extremely quiet in electric mode. And the shift between the two powertrains is so seamless that it is practically inaudible.
Better for the environment
There are no exhaust emissions from the tailpipe of an electric vehicle - in fact, it doesn’t even have a tailpipe - this is particularly helpful for improving air quality in urban areas. Hybrid cars, in general, also emit less pollution than standard vehicles. For example, in traffic or at a red light the engine automatically switches off and uses the electric motor to restart or reboot the engine.
Hybrid or Electric?
Our Electric cars use a battery to drive a powerful electric motor, while our Hybrids use a combination of electric motor and conventional engine. The Kia range offers one of the most extensive ranges of electric vehicles.
Our Electric cars
The Kia EV6
Discover the next generation of electric vehicle with the Kia EV6. Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle represents the brand’s new design philosophy that embodies our shifting focus towards electrification. With its bold and distinctive crossover aesthetics and high-end technical features, the new EV6 gives its driver an instinctive and natural experience that improves daily life and lets inspiration travel with you wherever you go.
The all-new Niro EV
Discover a world of smart convenience and amazing sensations. The all-new Niro EV gives you instant acceleration, easy charging and long-range driving. All in the comfort of a spacious, stylish and extremely quiet cabin. And all of this with zero exhaust emissions. Sustainable driving has never felt so good.
The all-electric Kia Soul EV steers clear of the status quo - taking bold to a whole new level and bringing a fresh perspective to zero-emission driving.
Our Hybrid cars
The all-new Niro Plug-in Hybrid PHEV
With the all-new Niro Plug-in Hybrid you will experience the top qualities of a modern crossover: compact exterior, roomy and refined interior, harmoniously blended with the best talents of a true hybrid, highly efficient engine with great fuel economy and low emissions.
The all-new Niro Self Charging Hybrid
With the all-new Kia Niro you will experience the top qualities of a modern crossover, compact exterior, roomy and refined interior, harmoniously blended with the best talents of a true hybrid.
The all-new Sportage Plug-In Hybrid
Sportage Plug-in Hybrid has been carefully engineered to minimise any impact on passenger and luggage space. The high-voltage battery is placed centrally, ensuring a balanced weight distribution and an interior space that is practical, comfortable and versatile. The state-of-the-art Sportage battery also features a new high-tech management unit that constantly monitors the state of the battery.
The all-new Sorento Plug-In Hybrid
With the all-new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid you can have it all. Zero-emission driving whenever you need to. Eco-efficiency, impressive power - and no end of driving pleasure.
XCeed Plug-In Hybrid PHEV
The radical crossover coupé is high off the ground, with a long bonnet and a fast sloping silhouette. 18” wheels enhance the athletic profile, while LED lights and the ‘Ice Cube’ LED daytime running lights shine at the front. The sporty bumper and closed tiger-nose grille are both stunning and aerodynamically effective.
The fun in this unique urban crossover carries on with the 1.0 T-GDI 118 bhp 7-speed dual clutch transmission or manual engine. Thanks to the advanced Mild Hybrid powertrain, fuel efficiency is even greater with all the same dynamism (available on 'GT-Line' upwards).
The Kia Rio features an advanced mild hybrid powertrain, giving you low-emission everyday driving. By pairing the latest 1.0 T-GDi gasoline engine with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, it can reduce fuel consumption levels. (Available on the '3' and 'GT-Line S' grades)
Kia EV6 wins ‘Car of the Year’ at 2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards
he Kia EV6 has won the overall ‘Car of the Year’ award at the prestigious 2022 What Car? Awards, alongside being named ‘Electric SUV of the Year’. This historic win for Kia’s latest electric vehicle marks only the second time that an EV has won What Car?’s ‘Car of the Year’ crown after the Kia e-Niro in 2019. The Kia Sorento also won the ‘Tow Car Award’.
The judging panel for the What Car? Car of the Year Awards, made up of the magazine’s team of expert road testers, commented: “The EV6 combines a huge real-world range with the ability to charge at speeds that no rival can keep up with, addressing two of the biggest concerns that people still have about electric cars. What’s more, by using bespoke electric underpinnings rather than a set that’s shared by petrol and diesel models, Kia has been able to take advantage of the compact size of electric motors and produce a car that’s hugely spacious and practical.
“Add in effortless performance, outstanding refinement, competitive pricing and one of the best warranties around, and the striking EV6 doesn’t just look like the future - it feels like it too.”
DOUBLE WIN FOR KIA AT WHAT CAR? ELECTRIC CAR AWARDS
Kia has won two awards at the first ever What Car? Electric Car Awards. The already multi-award winning e-Niro won Best Electric small SUV, while the Niro PHEV was awarded Best Hybrid small SUV, both available at Sutton Park Kia.
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