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Kia Electric Vehicles

How does an electric vehicle work?

An electric vehicle works in much the same way as anything else which is powered by a battery. Energy is stored in the battery by charging it with electricity, which is then used to power the motor. Pretty simple.

The battery can be charged at home, at work, or at one of the 10,000 public charging points across Europe.

In fact, charging an electric vehicle is more convenient than refuelling a petrol or diesel car. With a home charge point you can sleep soundly knowing that you’ll have a full tank when you wake up in the morning – in the case of the Kia e-Niro, that’s nearly 300 miles of driving.

An EV can even top itself up on the road with features like regenerative braking.

What’s it like to drive an electric car?

A lot more fun than you might think. Electric cars are more responsive than their combustion cousins, and handling is often better due to the lower centre of gravity.

Speed isn’t an issue, either. Electric vehicles can produce maximum torque at any time, so there’s no need to worry about moving through the gears to get going. The new e-Niro gets up to 60mph in around 7.8 seconds.

Talking of the new e-Niro. As far as efficiency goes, nothing really comes close. It can go up to 282 miles on a single charge. If you consider that the average UK commute is just 10 miles, that means most people could go a full two weeks without needing to recharge.


What are the benefits of driving an electric car?

There’s plenty!

No emissions 💨

For most people interested in going electric, this is their number one concern. Electric cars don’t release any nasties into the environment and help improve air quality in urban areas.

Charge at home 🔋

No need to worry about when you’ll next be able to get to the petrol station. Just plug it in to charge when you get home and wake up the next day with full battery.

Easy driving 🚗

Electric vehicles are more responsive and have better handling. They’re quieter, too, making for a much more relaxing driving experience.

Cheaper 💷

Not only does the average journey in an electric vehicle cost a third less than the same journey in a petrol car, but there’s also a range of tax incentives and government grants available to those who decide to go electric.

Taking charge

One of the biggest worries for people considering a switch to electric is the need to charge the vehicle regularly. It takes longer to charge an electric car than it does to fill a petrol tank, of course, but charging times are decreasing rapidly as new technology comes on to the market.

With the ability to fill up at home and at over 7,000 public charging points in the UK, an electric car is arguably more convenient than a petrol or diesel.

The majority of ‘destination’ charging points in the UK can be used for free – at supermarkets, retail parks and multistory car parks, for example.

Most motorway service stations now have rapid charging points, but given the large amount of electricity they dispense in a short space of time, these tend to be quite expensive. Just like with a petrol car, filling up at a service station should be a last resort!


Costs: is an electric car really cheaper?

It’s certainly cheaper than people think.

Let’s take the new Kia e-Niro as an example. The WhatCar? 2019 Car of the Year can be purchased with a £3,500 Plug-In Car Grant from the government, bringing the cash price down £32,995 – comparable to the price of similar combustion engine car.

You can also receive £500 towards the cost of installing a home charging point, meaning you’ll only actually pay between £200-300.

Electric cars really start to save you money after you’ve bought them, though. They’re exempt from road tax, saving you as much as £500 across the first three years. You’ll also be able to avoid charges in Congestion Zones or in one of the many Clean Air Zones which are being enforced in cities across the UK.

Companies can benefit from switching to electric, as well. Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax for currently stands at 16%, but that drops to 0% for any company which goes electric.


Different types of electric vehicle

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle

In the case of a mild hybrid, the conventional petrol engine is assisted by a battery driven electric motor. Although the electric battery cannot power the car itself, the assistance it provides reduces emissions.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle

A Hybrid EV utilises two sources of power – conventional and electric. The vehicle will automatically switch between the two depending on the speed of travel. When crawling through heavy city traffic, for example, a HEV will switch to electric power and will not use the conventional engine at all.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

A Plug-In Hybrid is similar to a HEV in that it uses both conventional and electric power sources, but the battery is much larger and as a result the vehicle is able to travel further distances using solely electric power. They need to be plugged into the mains in order to recharge the electric battery.

All-Electric Vehicle

Drive purely by electricity, an All-Electric Vehicle needs recharging before you can go anywhere. Although ranges are increasing, you’ll need to plan your recharging points before setting off on a long journey as most existing electric cars have a range of around 130 miles.

The Kia Hybrid and Electric Vehicle range

New e-Niro

Instant acceleration, long ranges and quick charging provides a superb driving experience that challenges every misconception about electric cars.

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New Niro Plug-In Hybrid

The best of both worlds. The New Niro Plug-In Hybrid combines great performance with the ability to drive up to 30 miles on electric power alone.

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New Niro Self-Charging Hybrid

Sleek design and powerful performance make a great combination, and with the parallel hybrid system you’ll be doing your bit for the environment at the same time.

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Sportage Hybrid

All the very best features of the popular Sportage with a 48v Mild Hybrid battery.

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Ceed Sportswagon Hybrid

The award winning Ceed Sportswagon performance powered by a plug-in hybrid systemn.

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All-New Xceed Plugin

Sporty performance combined with an eco-friendly powertrain.

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All-New Soul EV

Stand out from the crowd with the All-New Kia Soul EV. An all-electric vehicle that’s designed to deliver more power, more style and more technologies to create a better driving experience.

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