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EV and Hybrid Vehicles at Premier Kia of Carlsbad

As manufacturers become more aware of the impact of traditional vehicle on the environment, they move towards alternative fuel models. The two main options for most customers are the all-electric, or EV, and the hybrid. With all of the available options, it can be confusing to customers who aren’t sure what these different models offer
and which one is best for them.

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Hybrid Vehicles

A hybrid vehicle is one that has a gasoline engine as well as an electric motor. While the car doesn’t run on the electric motor, it does help improve fuel economy by acting as a generator.

When you press down on the brake, the energy released is stored in the battery for use the next time you accelerate. You get extra power without using extra fuel. One of the main benefits of hybrid vehicles is they are the least expensive of the alternative fuel models. They are ideal for anyone just getting into this market. This type of model can be your sole means of transportation because it can get you where you need to go no matter the distance.

The downside of the hybrid is that it doesn’t save as much fuel as a plug-in hybrid or the electric, which doesn’t use any. However, it’s a solid choice for buyers looking to save money on fuel costs.


Electric Vehicles

An electric vehicle doesn’t use any gasoline. Instead, it relies on a battery and electric motor to provide the power. There isn’t a gas tank since no fuel is needed. EV models offer smooth acceleration with no shifting and a quiet ride. There is very little maintenance, except for tires. No need to stop and fill up at a gas station on your trip, and there is no emissions, which is wonderful for the environment.

Unfortunately, the EV is more expensive than the hybrid. Another concern is about the range because it takes some time to recharge, unlike when you fill up the gas tank. If you plan to take an electric vehicle on a long trip, you’ll need to plan ahead and locate fast-charging stations along the route.

The Plug-In Hybrid

If you like the sounds of the hybrid and the electric, you can find some of the benefits of both with the plug-in hybrid. This model includes a gas tank and engine as well as a battery and electric motor. You have the option to run on all gasoline or all electric as well as a combination.

The plug-in hybrid allows you to keep going even if it needs recharged because the engine kicks in. On short trips, the car functions as an EV while gasoline is perfect for those longer travels.


KIA Hybrid and Electric Models

KIA Niro Hybrid

KIA currently has four models to fit into this category. The Niro Hybrid is a crossover which is loaded with technology and amenities. This model offers 139 combined horsepower with a 1.6L engine and hybrid electric motor for up to 53 mpg combined. You’ll also find 13 different Driver Assistance Technologies so that your trips are much safer. If you’re new to Hybrid models, this is a great vehicle to start with.

KIA Niro Plug-In Hybrid

The Niro Plug-In Hybrid is another option with up to 33 miles of all—electric range for city driving. Add in the gasoline engine for 108 MPGe combined. Charge in any outlet with Level 1 charging or use a Level 2 charging station in public for a full charge in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. For those looking for an efficient new ride, this is a premier option for smaller families that’s sure to save you money in the long run.

KIA Niro EV

Pass all the fuel stations in the Niro EV. With this model, it only takes a little over an hour to charge 80 percent. Travel for up to 253 miles with the all-electric range. Enjoy a peppy ride with 201 horsepower and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. With the ability to go from zero to sixty in as little as 7.1 seconds, it’s incredibly fast as well. You’re sure to appreciate the ease at which you can charge this model, and with plenty of accessories to choose from, it’s fairly customizable.

KIA Sorento Hybrid

A popular line, the Sorento now has a hybrid version. Powering this model is a turbocharged hybrid drivetrain which provides up to 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Enjoy impressive efficiency at an estimated 39 mpg of city driving. This model also comes standard with 227 horsepower, so you can expect a hefty response when you put your foot on the pedal. With crisp handling and standard 3-row seating as well, you have both a comfortable drive and a comfortable cabin.

KIA Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

When you’re looking for a model that carefully balances efficiency and performance, you’re bound to love what the Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid brings to the table. With 261 horsepower, you easily outclass other models on the road, making it easy to overtake them on the highway. You’ll still have access to stunning efficiency though, as this model boasts an EPA-estimated 79 MPGe combined. That gives you a total range of around 460 miles so that you can go incredible distances while still enjoying all the benefits that a Plug-in Hybrid brings to the table.

KIA Sportage Plug-in Hybrid

The Kia Sportage is already an amazing SUV for mid-sized families, but once you add in all of the benefits that a Plug-in Hybrid brings to the table, it’s simply unmatched. With an EPA-estimated 84 MPGe, you can go further than ever before without having to worry about paying exorbitant gas prices. You’ll also enjoy features like available Driver-Centric Dual Panoramic Displays, which give you up to 25 inches of screen to work with. In the back, you’ll also have plenty of room for cargo, so you’ll be able to easily store your bags and other belongings. For an extra layer of security, you may also want to consider looking into some of the available safety systems like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

KIA Sportage Hybrid

This model boasts best-in-class 227 horsepower alongside stellar efficiency. While this model might not match the Plug-in Hybrid variant, it still gives you up to an EPA-estimated 44 miles per gallon on the highway. On the inside of this model, you can expect features like an available Blind-Spot View Monitor, an available 360-degree Surround View Mirror, and even available Remote Smart Parking Assist. When you want to customize your model, you’ll have plenty of options with the Sportage Hybrid. You can also take advantage of the standard All-Wheel Drive, which gives you an incredible increase in traction.

KIA EV6

The EV6 is different from most of the models here as it’s fully electric. When it comes to performance, you can expect a jaw-dropping 576 horsepower if you opt for the GT trim, and you’ll be able to charge from 10% to 80% in as little as 18 minutes. Since you won’t have to worry about even touching gasoline, you won’t have to worry about fluctuating prices, and you’ll find plenty of the same amazing tech features inside that you originally saw with the other models. Thanks to this model’s amazing acceleration, you can also expect to outpace some sports cars. You’ll be able to blast from zero to sixty in as little as 3.4 seconds, making this a formidable model on the track.


If you’re ready to move up to the efficient alternative fuel vehicles from KIA, stop by Premier KIA of Carlsbad to find your next ride.