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Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids have come into their own in recent years. These revolutionary powertrains were previously a bit of a mystery, but as of May 2020, there were an estimated 440,000 pure-electric and plug-in models on UK roads - a number that continues to rise.

Kia is committed to developing electric cars and incentivising them to the public. As part of this, they have launched their #GOelectric campaign. Here at Hendy, we're happy to answer any questions you might have about going electric, so you can get behind the wheel and start reaping the benefits. Check out the information below, and visit your local Hendy Kia dealership to discover our range of EVs and hybrids for yourself!

 

Why make the switch?

 

Not only will electric and hybrid models help you to reduce your carbon footprint, but they are also cheaper to run, require less maintenance and save you money on fuel. Win, win!

In the case of pure electric models, no fuel is required, whereas hybrids still use less fuel than petrol cars - the electric engine powers the car at lower speeds and gas engine powers it at higher speeds. Not only that, EVs will travel free in the upcoming Clean Air Zones and London's Congestion Zone. They are also rather fun to drive - electric motors produce maximum torque at any rpm, making them incredibly responsive.

 

What is an electric vehicle (EV)?

 

 Kia models: e-Niro, Soul EV

Electric vehicles eradicate the need for petrol or diesel, driving on battery power alone. They store energy in a large battery that 'fuels' a powerful electric motor, which can be charged via a home charge-point or a public charger. It can even recover charge while you are driving by utilising energy usually lost when braking.  

 

What is a hybrid/self-charging hybrid?

 

 Kia models: Niro

Along with a traditional petrol or diesel engine, hybrid cars also have an electric motor powered by a small battery. The battery is charged by recovering energy that would otherwise be wasted, and feeds this energy to the electric motor to help with acceleration or even driving the car at low speeds. No plugging-in required!  

 

What is a plug-in hybrid?

 

 Kia models: Niro PHEV, Optima SW, XCeed PHEV, Ceed Sportswagon PHEV

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) works in a similar way to a self-charging hybrid - a petrol engine that works with an electric motor and a battery - but the battery is much larger than in a self-charging hybrid. With a PHEV, you can enjoy miles of all-electric driving while still having a petrol engine for those rare long-distance adventures.  

 

What is a mild hybrid?

 

 Kia model: Sportage (coming soon)

A mild hybrid car works in a very similar way to a self-charging hybrid, but it has a smaller battery. A mild hybrid cannot drive on battery power alone - instead, the petrol or diesel engine does the majority of the work and the electric motor is there to provide assistance.  

 

How does charging work?

 

Although charging may seem like a whole new world, it's actually very simple. Hybrid and electric cars are most commonly charged at home, but can also be charged at work or at thousands of public chargers.

In the UK, the vast majority of electric car charging is done at home. This is usually the most convenient and cost-effective way to charge. To charge from home, it is best to get a home charge point installed - there is even an OLEV government grant available to help with the cost of this. Furthermore, there are more than 32,000 public connectors across the UK (Source: nextgreencar.com, May 2020).

 

What models are available?

 

Kia is committed to making the switch to electric - the marque intends to launch 16 models with electrified powertrains by 2025 and plans to launch a fully electric vehicle each year, for three years. Here are five of the key Kia electric and hybrid models on offer:

e-Niro

Niro PHEV

 

WhatCar?'s Car of the Year 2019, the All-New e-Niro's revolutionary powertrain means an emission-free range of 282 miles, with enough power to go from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds.

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The Kia Niro PHEV offers a roomy, premium interior that's brimming with technology, all in the body of a stylish crossover. It has an electric range of 36 miles - more than enough for most small journeys - and achieves 201.8mpg, while producing just 29g/km CO2.

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Niro Self-Charging hybrid

Sportage Mild-Hybrid

 

The Self-Charging Hybrid version of the Niro is perfect for drivers who want to do their bit for the environment without compromising on power or stunning looks. The combination of combustion engine and electric motor makes for a fun, low emissions driving experience.

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The Sportage lineup now includes Kia's new 'EcoDynamics+' mild-hybrid powertrain option, which supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery and extends engine 'off time'.

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XCeed Plug-In Hybrid

Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid

 

 

The All-New XCeed Plug-In Hybrid is a crossover with a difference. Featuring Kia's advanced electrified powertrain, this exciting model is capable of being driven for 37 miles on battery power alone, with a 1.6-litre petrol engine waiting to step in for longer journeys.

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Kia's first European-built Plug-In Hybrid combines assured, athletic design with heaps of space and a dynamic drive. Its eco-friendly electrified powertrain will enable most people to complete their daily drives and short commutes solely on electric power.

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Soul EV

 

Embracing the iconic design and playful character of its predecessors, the All-New Kia Soul EV is an all-electric car, with a choice of two long-range, zero-emission powertrains.

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 How much do electric cars cost?

 

Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, many of the advantages associated with electric cars come down to cost. With cheaper running and maintenance costs, generous government grants and tax incentives, electric cars have become a very attractive proposition indeed.

The cost of charging a car will vary by battery size and when and where it is charged, but is substantially cheaper than petrol or diesel per mile. The average overnight electricity rate in the UK is 13p per kWh, so to fully charge a Kia e-Niro from 0% could cost around £8.30 - but this will vary depending on the electricity supplier and tariff fluctuations.

 

Join the electric revolution! 

 

Visit your nearest Hendy Kia to find out more about what how an electric or hybrid vehicle could benefit you!

 

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