Go Eco-Friendly With an Alternative-Fuel Kia
Just a few years ago, Kia was nowhere to be found in the hybrid or electric market, yet today, it’s one of the world leaders in alternative-fuel vehicles. With hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles in their lineup, the Korean automaker looks poised to take the segment by storm. From a consumer’s perspective, these cars may have a bigger price tag, but the savings on fuel, government tax credits, and reduction in harmful emissions makes the purchase worthwhile. If you’re looking to go green this year, check out these Kia models.
Optima Plug-in Hybrid
Unveiled in 2017, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid was the first plug-in electric vehicle ever produced by Kia. Using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, this sedan gets an mpge of 103 on just electricity with a range of 29 miles on a single charge. When the 29 miles comes to an end, the gas-powered engine kicks in to supply 43 mpg on the highway and 38 mpg in the city.
To get a full charge, the Optima needs nine hours on a 110-volt outlet or three hours on a 220-volt outlet. With a total range of 610 miles, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is one of the most versatile and longest-range vehicles on the planet.
Niro Plug-in Hybrid
The 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid followed the release of the original Niro hybrid one year later, and it’s instantly become a consumer favorite. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor propels the Niro Plug-in, offering 139 horsepower. It’s paired with a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. With three trim levels, the Niro also offers various looks and features.
The 105 mpge Niro goes up to 25 miles on a single charge, and when the gas engine kicks in, it provides an impressive 48 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. This is due to a braking mechanism that throws energy back into the motor when driving in the city. With a standard outlet, the Niro charges in nine hours, while a 240-volt outlet provides a full charge in just 2.5 hours.
If you want to take advantage of the federal government’s extended $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, take a look at the 2018 Kia Soul EV. Kia’s only all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is powered by a permanent-magnet synchronous motor and a 27-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that pairs with a one-speed direct drive transmission.
To get a full charge on the Soul EV, plug it in for just six hours, and once it’s full, you’ll get a range of up to 111 miles. This equates to 108 mpge, which is one of the top-rated fuel economy stats in the automotive business. If you’re running low on juice, switch the gear to B, which sends power from braking back into the engine.
With these alternative-fuel vehicles, Kia proves it’s for real in the eco-friendly market segment. Make sure to see what these vehicles are all about by scheduling a test drive today.