The world is changing, time to change with it.
As the motoring world looks to develop with the times, more and more cars are going part or fully electric, in a bid to look after the world we live in. So, if you’re thinking about switching to electric or hybrid, but just aren’t sure yet, this is the right place to look.
Our simple guide to electrified motoring will break down what models we have available and how they can make a positive impact on your life as well as Mr/Mrs polar bear’s.
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What is a battery electric car?
A fully electric battery car is the pinnacle of efficiency end economy and better for the environment than a petrol or diesel car. Not only are they cheaper to run, they’re quieter and just as well equipped than any normal car. Simply charge it up at home or at a public charger and enjoy up to 282 miles on the road. The car will take care of the rest.
What is a hybrid or self-charging hybrid car?
As the owner and driver, you treat it as a normal car and the car itself will take care of the rest. Simply fill it up with petrol and go. Mechanically, these cars have an electric motor powering an electric battery, which works in tandem with the normal engine. The electric motor will store up any energy that would otherwise be wasted – when slowing down for example, and pump it back into the engine to assist with acceleration. This means lower emissions, better fuel economy and money saved.
What is a plug-in hybrid car?
Much like a self-charging hybrid, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has an electric motor, which powers an electric battery, which helps with the engine. The difference is that the battery on a PHEV is much bigger, allowing for a better range when driving on electric alone (up to 30 miles). The battery can charge itself a little when driving, but for the full benefit, you’ll need to plug-it in. This takes less than 3 hours to fully charge.
What is a mild hybrid?
A mild hybrid works in much the same way as a self-charging hybrid, but with a smaller battery. Due to the battery being smaller, a mild hybrid cannot drive on the electric motor alone. Instead the engine (petrol or diesel) does the majority of the work, while the electric motor provides assistance to keep emissions down and economy up. The battery is charged by recovering energy that would otherwise be wasted, when under braking for example.
View The Full Kia Eco Range
The Niro PHEV offers a refined crossover experience, with advanced technology, a roomy interior and compact exterior. The best talents of the PHEV lie beneath the skin with the state-of-the-art hybrid technology, which delivers incredible fuel economy with extremely low emissions.
Niro Self Charging Hybrid
With the self-charging hybrid, you experience all the perks of a true hybrid, without the need to charge up. Enjoy a highly refined and roomy interior with the same compact exterior as the rest of the stunning Niro range.
All-New Kia e-Niro
If it has to be zero emissions for you, the e-Niro is perfect. Not only do you get the peace of mind that you’re looking out for Mr. Polar Bear, but you also get a thrilling performance, long driving range and a very impressive amount of interior and exterior spec. Sustainability had never felt so good!
Sportage 48-Volt Mild Hybrid
Within the Sportage range, the new ‘EcoDynamics+’ supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, extends engine ‘off time’ and can reduce emissions by up to 4%. This option only requires the car to be topped up with petrol or diesel to operate at full potential.
All-New Soul EV
The All-New, 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.
Coming soon – now available to test drive
Not after a brand new Kia? Discover our used electrified stock below.
ULEZ – What is it and how does it effect me?
Ulez is the new Ultra Low Emissions Zone in central London. The scheme was developed to help improve air quality and operates 24 hours a day throughout the year. The zone operates in the same area as the congestion charge in central London, applying to most vehicles including cars and vans. All cars and vans now need to meet ULEZ emissions standards or the driver must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.
The good news is that our range of electrified vehicles adhere and excel the ULEZ minimum standards, so you won’t have to pay the daily charge to drive through London.
EV’s and hybrids are most commonly charged at home, but can also be charged when you’re out at work, at a service station or car park. Not all public locations have them but there are thousands of charge points across the UK, with more being added each year.
There are three main ways that an EV or hybrid can be plugged in. Firstly, they can be plugged in via the mains (this method is the slowest way to charge due to max power output the mains can deliver), secondly is the wall mounted charging point and thirdly is a rapid charger. All draw varying amounts of power resulting in different charging times.
Charging your vehicle will depend on your vehicle’s battery size and when/where it’s charged. Some public EV chargers a free to use but many will cost to use. This cost will vary on the charging hub you use but will still be substantially cheaper than running a petrol or diesel car. The average overnight cost of electricity is 13p per kWh, this means that charging the Kia e-Niro from 0% to full charge would cost around £8.30. This figure will vary depending on your supplier and tariff. As for the charger itself, there are government grants available to help cover the costs, bringing the cost to install a unit to as low as £279.
There are currently over 20,000 charging points in the UK at 7,000 different locations. This numbers grows each day and before long you can expect to see them where ever you can park. Different locations will have different types of chargers so charging times and costs may vary depending on the type of charge you come across. You can locate charging points in public via apps such as Zapp Maps.
The public charging points which aren’t free to use can be paid for via apps on your smartphone such as Pay Pod. Simply locate the charging point on your app, plug in and go.
Much cheaper than you might think! The cost of the vehicle itself and the charging station are both subsided by a Government plug-in grant. From there on in its smooth sailing. Starting with the maintenance costs which are far lower than the cost of maintaining a petrol or diesel car. Electric cars have far fewer moving components, which means less wear and failing components.
Then comes the tax benefits. You don’t have to pay any! There is no yearly or first-year tax with an electric car. This could end up saving you around £500 over three years when comparing to a similar sized petrol or diesel equivalent.
Lastly comes the cost of charging. Electricity is far cheaper than petrol or diesel, particularly when you’re at home. When looking at the cost per mile, electricity works out at around one third the cost of an equivalent petrol or diesel car