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Are you ready to go green? Now is the easiest time to choose an alternative fuel vehicle, when the auto market is just starting to brim with possibilities. Many automakers, maybe even some of your favorites, are finally taking the plunge into electrified vehicle territory, whereas trailblazers like Kia Corp are continuing to win, win, win when it comes to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Heck, their latest all-electric vehicle, the Kia EV6, has been a hot commodity since its reveal. The First Edition of the Kia EV6 sold out in record time, the EV6 won the TopGear Crossover of the Year Title, and when it comes to a green vehicle, nothing says it like a Carbon Measured Label from Carbon Trust. The year is almost over, but the benefits of the EV6 keep coming with a new EPA certified all-electric range of 310 miles.
“Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader,” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America
This wouldn’t be the first time Kia has had some changes with the EV6 driving range. Ratings are always different when it comes to the EPA, but originally, Kia had some different numbers. The Kia EV6 is built on an all-new E-GMP platform that will work as the foundation for Kia EVs going forward. Available with two powertrain sizes, 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery powering an electric motor, and with the ability to get rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the EV6 was proving to be a sporty EV with choices. When it came to driving range, Kai reported a total driving range of 317 miles with the 58.0 kWh battery pack, and about 314 miles with the 77.4 kWh. They later reported a total of 328 miles for the EV6 with the 77.4 kWh battery, but only if the model is engineered with RWD.
So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the EPA would find different numbers, reporting a max of 310 miles when the EV6 is configured with a 77.4 kWh battery and RWD. This includes the EV6 GT and the EX+ that came standard with the larger powertrain. There is no fuel economy for an EV, but for those that want something similar, the EV6 gets about 4 miles per kilowatt hour (how much energy is produced in an hour). The EPA also reported a total of 232 miles when the EV6 was equipped with the 58.0-kWh battery.Regardless of who says what, the best way to test out the range of an electric vehicle is to drive one yourself. You can find the new Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall and then take a nice little road trip. For those of you who really like to go green, this tip is for all you vegans out there. Farmers Markets are the best place to find organic, friendly meat-alternatives but sometimes it’s hard to find some good “chick’un”. The Kind Cleaver is a vegan chef that makes all-natural, vegan deli meats and chick’un that tastes like the real thing. If looking for your next green meal, take a ride with the EV6 to the Winter Garden Farmers Market in Orlando, Florida and find out what you’re missing.
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A little while after Kia Motors released the Kia Niro, a hybrid crossover, they also started to tease the upcoming 2018 Kia Stonic and a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro. There was no set release date, really very little talk about a Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), so Kia Motors pulled a fast one when they released the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV over the holiday break. Now officially a part of the lineup, the Niro isn’t the only great crossover hybrid anymore.
The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
Whenever a vehicle is called a plug-in hybrid, that means the vehicle can operate solely on gas from the internal combustion engine, an electric motor powered by a battery, or a combination of both. Because of that, the Niro PHEV has a larger battery than its counterpart, the Kia Niro. The Niro is equipped with a a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, whereas the Niro PHEV has an 8.9 kWh battery powering its motor. The internal combustion engine found in the Niro is the same engine in the Niro PHEV. Together, the engine and the motor produce 139 horsepower combined and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Crossovers and types of alternative fuel are the future of the automarket. CUVs not only offer safety and capability, but today they also offer convenience, entertainment, and fuel efficiency. With vehicles like the new 2018 Kia Niro, a hybrid that may also be available as a PHEV in the future, it seems that automakers are combining CUVs and alternative fuel technologies to create the perfect vehicle.
Kia has several hybrid and electric vehicles in the lineup – Kia Optima Hybrid, Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), Kia Soul EV, and the all-new Kia Niro. The specs aren’t definite for the Niro PHEV, however it was debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and many were given a glimpse of what it could be capable of. Let’s take a look at the Kia Optima PHEV and see if Kia really made a crossover PHEV that can match a sedan PHEV.
Kia Optima PHEV
The third variation of the Kia Optima, the Optima PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter GDI engine and an electric motor that is powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. This is known as a full parallel hybrid system, and its combined battery and engine power produce 202 horsepower with an amazing fuel economy – 38 miles in the city, 43 miles on the highway. That’s just the beginning of its capabilities though.’