Going Green Has Never Been Easier: Meet the Hybrid Kia Line-up

Are you considering opting for a greener option as you are selecting your new vehicle ? If not, you should ! Hybrid and electric cars are a great way to lower the daily costs associated with your vehicle, such as fuel consumption and maintenance. If you are not sure you are ready to commit to a fully electric car, plenty of options are still available for you to consider. To help you navigate your way through all those options, here is a short breakdown of what you can expect of a hybrid vehicle, as well as a presentation of the hybrid options offered at Southland Kia.

The 2021 Kia Niro: A Sleek, Roomy and Versatile Hybrid

The Niro is a modern and sleek subcompact crossover. This model has a sleek and modern appearance, thanks to its low and long proportions. The higher seating position in this model, as well as its spacious design, make it a perfect vehicle for any situation. It also has a large storage capacity with multiple configurations available to maximize your space.

The Kia Niro is a Hybrid Electric Vehicules (HEV). The hybrid is perfect for you if you are looking for a better return of fuel but are not sure if a model that need to be plugged in is something that you would want. This type of model combines elements of electric and traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Technologies such as regenerative braking allow the electric motor to act as a generator, which then saves and stores the energy produced when the car is slowed down by the use of the brakes. Those models are not plugged into an electricity source and are fuelled normally. However, they will have a much better return of fuel than traditional vehicles in situations that entail frequent stops, like city driving and bumper-to-bumper traffic. The Niro is equipped with an energy-dense battery, a lightweight electric motor as well as a 1.6 L engine. Those are responsible for the high efficiency of this vehicle, with a performance of a combined 4.7 L/100 km.

The 2021 Kia Niro PHEV
The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) contains both a gasoline and an electric powered engine, but you will have the option of opting for a fully electric mode with zero emission driving. You could also choose the hybrid mode, where the gasoline engine would become the vehicle’s main source of power. The electric motor in the plug-in hybrids can be fuelled by regenerative breaking, like the HEV options, or it can be plugged into regular electrical outlets and charging stations. The gasoline engine will still need fuel. The electric mode is perfect for low speeds, and will be able to use the combined power of the engine and the electric motor in situations that require a little more power. The performance of the plug-in hybrid is impressive, with a combined 2.2 L/100 km.

The 2021 Kia Niro EV: Going All in with the Battery Electric Vehicle

As for the Niro EV, which is a Battery Electric Vehicle (EV), it does not have a gasoline engine. That means that this model does not produce any tailpipe emissions and runs entirely on battery power. It will have to be plugged into a power source regularly. The Niro has a range of 385 km on a full charge, which allows you to travel without any worries. Inside the Niro EV is a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and a fast-charging port that will give you an 80 percent charge from empty in a quick 54 minutes.

The 2021 Kia Soul EV: The perfect electric model for life in the city

This audacious model stands out wherever it goes. The boxy appearance and the sharp lines of the Kia Soul are what make it instantly recognizable on the roads. Beyond its striking appearance, this model is entirely battery powered, just like the Niro EV. The Kia Soul offers an impressive range of up to 383 km at full charge. The battery’s design also allows it to be placed beneath the floor of the vehicle, leaving more room for comfort in the cabin. This model was named the 2020 World Urban Car by the World Car Awards, in part because of its incredible connectivity features. A 10,25 inches multimedia screen with integrated touch screen navigation is placed right by the driver, to assist as well as keep him connected at all times. The compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will ensure that you have access to your messages or your music through the multimedia screen. The UVO Intelligence feature will also give you access to a multitude of support services designed to make your life easier. From the vehicle finder to the remote starter, you will be able to control your car with just the touch of a button.

Come by Southland Kia to learn more about the model you think suits you best!

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