Kia Hybrid and EV Vehicles

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

New Kia Soul

New Kia Optima

Kia’s two hybrid and EV vehicles, the Optima Hybrid and the Soul EV, are two of the most popular eco-friendly vehicles on the market today. With their outstanding range and gas mileage, plus extra ecofriendly features, the Soul EV and Optima Hybrid are great choices for drivers looking to make an impact on the environment.

The 2016 Soul EV has impressive range for the current EV market, with an EPA-estimated 93 miles. The EV’s 27-kWh battery can charge to 80% in 30 minutes using the DC Fast Charge, but you can also use an easily accessible 120-volt wall outlet for a slower charge or upgrade to a 240v charger to get a full charge in 4-5 hours. There are now 26,000 240-volt charging outlets available throughout the US, making owning an EV easier than ever.

The Optima Hybrid is a favorite in the hybrid market thanks to its agile performance at 199 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque while maintaining great fuel economy at 36 mpg in the city. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine works together with the electric motor to provide better fuel economy without sacrificing performance. The Optima Hybrid also relies entirely on electric power on startup and during slow driving to save even more on fuel.2016 Kia Soul EV

Why Buy a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle?

So why should you buy an electric vehicle or hybrid? Besides the obvious answer that they save on gas, there are plenty of great reasons to invest in a Soul EV or Optima Hybrid.

Though hybrids and electric cars often come at a higher initial price than standard gas-only cars, there are a lot of ways you save with a hybrid or EV that have nothing to do with gas. For one, eco-friendly cars often come with huge government tax credits that shave a lot of money off the MSRP, so that hybrid price tag isn’t as scary as it looks.

Then, there’s the fact that EVs have lower operating costs than gas-powered cars. Because there’s no engine, there are no fluids to keep track of. That’s right—buy an EV and you never have to get another oil change.

Another great reason to buy an EV, hybrid, or PHEV (the Optima Plug-In is coming soon!) is that the competition in the market means electric range keeps getting better and better as brands try to outstrip each other. You may have looked at the 200+ mile range of the Tesla Model S a few years ago and lamented the high price tag, but now every EV is getting huge range boosts, including the 2017 Soul EV—which remains one of the least expensive electric cars on the market.

Finally, there’s the environment to think about. CO2 emissions from cars are one of the biggest factors contributing to climate change and ozone destruction, and if we start to move toward EVs and hybrids, we’ll make a positive contribution towards our futures and our children’s futures. Driving a green car is good for everyone, so consider a Soul EV or Optima Hybrid when you’re shopping for your new Kia!

Hybrid Technology

Hybrid cars are vehicles that use both gasoline engines and electric motors to improve their efficiency and sometimes even their power. The most common type of hybrid vehicle are parallel hybrids. This means both the gasoline engine and electric motor work together at the same time to power the transmission.

Many hybrids use a variety of technology to achieve their power and efficiency goals. In fact, many modern vehicles that aren’t full-fledged hybrids use some of these technologies.

  • Automatic Start/Stop. To increase efficiency and avoid the waste of gasoline during idling, automatic start/stop systems shut off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop and automatically starts again when the gas pedal is pressed.
  • Regenerative Braking. This type of system captures energy that is normally lost during braking. It uses that energy to help propel the vehicle again once it starts moving.
  • Electric Motor Assist. A small electric motor with a battery gives the car more power during acceleration when passing or climbing a hill.

Depending on the size of the battery and power of the electric motor, some hybrids can drive a certain number of miles on electric power alone. Then, when the battery is depleted, the gasoline engine drives the car.

Come visit us at Carriage Kia to see the hybrid lineup available now from Kia.