Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:
- The all-electric Kia e-Niro
- The all-electric Kia Soul EV
- The all-electric Kia EV6
- Niro Plug-In Hybrid
- XCeed Plug-In Hybrid
- Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid
- The all-new Sorento Plug-In Hybrid
The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991.
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The Kia Sorento PHEV SUV
The Kia Sorento mid-sized SUV has been manufactured since 2002. The current fourth-generation Sorento was unveiled in February 2020. PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:
- Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
- Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
- Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
- Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
- Keen to save money
It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.
The Kia plug-in electric SUV has a 13.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 35 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 30 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!
The Kia plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.
|At A Glance|
|EV Type:||Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)|
|Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):||Not Available|
|Engine:||Petrol-Electric (1.6 T-GDi)|
|Available In UK:||Yes|
|Variants (3 Options)|
|PHEV 2 (from £45,245)|
|PHEV 3 (from £49,145)|
|PHEV 4 (from £53,495)|
|A seven-seater with ample space. Practical for families||Not as affordable. Other better priced alternatives available|
|Cheap to run on electric mode||Not available as a two-wheel drive option|
|Good standard specifications||On board charger limited to 3.3 kW|
|EV Battery & Emissions|
|EV Battery Type:||Lithium-ion|
|EV Battery Capacity:||Available in one battery size (13.8 kWh)|
|Charging:||On board charger: 3.3 kW AC|
|Charge Port:||Type 2|
|EV Cable Type:||Type 2|
|Tailpipe Emissions:||38g (CO2/km)|
|Warranty:||7 years or 100,000 miles|
|Average Cost Of Residential Charging|
|Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh||£1.27|
|Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh||£1.67|
|Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh||£1.73|
|Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh||£1.89|
|Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh||£2.03|
- Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
- Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.
|Charging Times (Overview)|
|Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):||6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)|
|Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):||3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
|Rapid charging AC (43 kW):||0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
- Note 1: SoC: state of charge
|1.6 T-GDi PHEV|
|EV Battery Capacity:||13.8 kWh|
|Pure Electric Range (WLTP):||35 miles|
|Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):||N/A|
|Fuel Consumption (mpg):||176.6|
|Charging:||On board charger: 3.3 kW AC|
|Top Speed:||119 mph|
|0-60 mph:||8.4 seconds|
|Drive:||All-wheel drive (AWD)|
|Electric Motor (kW):||N/A|
|Max Power (bhp):||261|
|Kerb Weight (kg):||2,099|
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