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We’ve discussed how Kia Motors is connecting with the younger generation in the past. The automaker used the Super Bowl to advertise their Great Unknowns Scholarship – instead of hiring another celebrity to drive one of their vehicles, they opted for a good cause instead. Recently, Kia Motors became the official sponsor of two very different from popular youth past times. One is their sponsorship of the K-Pop World Tour of BLACPINK. The other is their official sponsorship of the League of Legends European Championship (For Demacia!) Now, they’re connecting to those of us who find shopping online the easiest way to get what we need (or want) quickly. Consumers that drive an electric or plug-in hybrid Kia Motors model can now order a home charger and installation through Amazon (amzn.to/2TQnuf5).
Yes, recently Kia Motors America (KMA) announced its partnership with Amazon Home Services and their new program for Kia plug-in vehicle consumers. Like the regular service, instead of needing to call up a hotline or customer service and planning out the best time and date, consumers can click on the link above and will find a program with Amazon where technicians can install the electric vehicle charging stations at the customer’s house or office. Kia Motors says buying and installing the home charging station will be as easy as purchasing anything else on Amazon, possibly even through Alexa.
Ready for round two? Last week we covered several Kia models for the 2018 year, mainly Kia’s SUVs and crossovers and sole minivan. Next up is a large selection of sedans and alternative fuel vehicles. If there is anything Kia Motors is doing these days, it’s shaking up the auto market with a large lead in hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles.
Kia Optima Triplets
The Kia Optima is such a great car, Kia added two variations to the lineup. In addition to the Optima, there is also the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The original Kia Optima, available in five trims, has three engine options. There is a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that generates 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a turbocharged 178hp 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, and a 185hp 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine. The combined fuel economy of each, in order, is 28 mpg, 31 mpg, and 25 mpg. All trims come standard with UVO eServices, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto, a rear camera display, and several advanced auto features. MSRP starting at $22,500 (plus destination fee).
What makes the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid so great? Well, there’s a couple of things that make it stand out. For one, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, also known as a PHEV, does more than the standard hybrid vehicle due to its rechargeable battery, and that gives it a real advantage when it comes to fuel economy, tax credits, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Engine and Fuel Economy
With only one trim, the Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid system made up of a 2.0-liter DOHC engine, with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology, and an electric motor powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Together, the engine and hybrid generate 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. The majority of that torque actually comes from the electric motor!
Because the Kia Optima PHEV has an electric motor powered by a battery, the Optima PHEV can be driven on pure electricity for up to 30 miles. So that means the vehicle can travel 30 miles with little-to-no tailpipe emissions and without using a single drop of gas. When using the battery and engine together in hybrid mode, the Optima PHEV has a fuel economy of 103 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and it has a total driving range of 610 miles when the vehicle starts out with a fully charged battery and full tank of gas.
Kia Motors is one automotive brand that has fully embraced the green market. There are several hybrid vehicles in their lineup, including the popular Kia Optima and brand spankin’ new Kia Niro crossover. Wouldn’t you know, with how well Kia has been doing so well in the past two years, showered with awards and earning the top spot in the JD Power Initial Quality Study, Kia has recently outpaced Ford to take the number two spot for hybrid vehicles in the US market.
Part of the Hyundai Motor Group, both Hyundai and Kia sold 4,796 hybrid vehicles in July alone. That’s a large number for sales for a single month, a 9 percent increase from June, and twice that of July 2016. In addition, the two automakers make up a whole 17.1 percent of the hybrid market. To think about a decade ago barely anyone wanted to drive a vehicle that made use of both, an internal combustion engine and electric motor. The high fuel mileage is finally popular enough that more and more consumers are going green.
When going green for your next car, take a look at Kia Motors. They have many hybrid and electric vehicles, and more are on the way. No other automotive company has expanded their lineup with green cars as much as Kia Motors, unless they’re purely a hybrid and/or EV automaker. Kia has the Kia Optima in three different variations, the Kia Soul as an electric vehicle, the recent Kia Niro hybrid crossover, and the Kia Stonic is due by the year’s end. There are many choices, but how do you know which one to pick?
The Kia Optima – Gas, EV, and PHEV
Let’s look at the Kia Optima, the first of the bunch. The Kia Optima lineup has three gasoline-powered engine options of varying power. The smallest engine option is a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with a turbocharger that generates 178-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharged, it has a little more bang, and with the implementation of a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), there is less stress on the engine, leading to a commendable fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The strongest engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine helps the Optima achieve a fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway.
Gasoline cars are pretty easy to take care of. There’s a gas station every mile or so on the road as long as you’re not on the interstate, so filling up is easy. However, as with all cars, a gasoline car has long-term expenses. Most consumers will be looking at a cost between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for fuel.
The Kia Optima Hybrid is surprisingly strong. The Optima Hybrid has a 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve timing technology. Made with an I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System, the hybrid has been optimized as much as possible for the best performance. It can generate up to 193 horsepower, and gets 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. That’s a 10 percent increase from a year ago, and Kia will continue to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles going forward.
Jeez the auto market is being taken over by hybrids isn’t it? To think the first hybrids started to make headway into the industry about a decade ago, and to see how many are on the road today is pretty impressive. Today, auto names like Kia Motors are quickly adding hybrids, plug-in electric hybrids (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs) to their lineup, and one day, you may find yourself in one and in need of a charge.
Different Types of Charging
Due to innovative systems that recycle various types of energy, like regenerative braking, PHEVs and EVs both recharge their vehicle’s battery (or batteries) while on the road. However, this happens little-by-litte, whereas recharging can get a battery to 80% full in a couple of hours. While PHEVs can be powered by gas, electricity, or both, EVs are only powered by electricity. Thus, EV drivers can only refuel at a charging station, and that makes it’s important for a driver to know all about charging their vehicle, what’s the fastest method of recharging, what’s the most cost effective method of recharging, and what is the most practical?
The most practical and convenient way to recharge a PHEV or EV is by plugging into the wall or installing a 240-volt home charger. The latter is becoming pretty popular, and we discuss more on that below. Sure, there may be a little bump in the monthly electric bill, but it isn’t all that bad. According to FuelEconomy.gov and the current national average of electricity, the average cost of electricity for the Kia Soul EV to travel 25 miles is about $1.04 The national average for electricity, or about $4.16 to travel 100 miles? That’s not much.
The fuels we use to power automobiles today are starting to vary greatly. For the better part of the last century, all we had was gasoline and diesel. Although alternatively powered vehicles were being invented as early as 1828, the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle didn’t come about until 1997. Today, the auto industry has pushed past that, and we’re seeing more plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) than ever before. Some companies are even researching and developing hydrogen fuel cells as a new source, but the practicality and popularity of that is a little ways down the road. Today, it all comes down to cars powered by gasoline, a hybrid, a PHEV, or an EV for getting where you need to go. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, though, and they’re worth taking into consideration the next time you’re in the market for an automobile.
It was the first fuel source for vehicles we had, but it won’t be the last. We all know how they work. We fill up, we drive, we fill up again. So let’s get right down to it.
A lot of the advantages of gasoline powered vehicles are pretty out-dated with the new fuel sources we have now. They used to travel further than most vehicles, unless we’re talking about diesel-power, and the smaller the car the further it will go before it needs to be filled up. However, because gasoline vehicles are practical and conventional, when running on fumes, there’s bound to be a gas station around the corner unless we’re on the interstate, and even then, a place to fill up could be right off the next exit. Plus, when it comes to hauling a payload or towing, gasoline and diesel engines are really the best choice to make ‘cause they’ll definitely get the job done.
We know the disadvantages like the back of our hand. Gasoline vehicles are killing the environment – the Kia Sportage uses 14.3 barrels of petroleum every year! It also emits 397 grams per mile of greenhouse gas emissions. Gasoline prices are never the same, and the more oil we use, the higher the prices will be. Those of you driving around the Bush era know what we’re talking about – $4/gallon, what is this?! And there’s definitely no special perks like the federal tax credits you’ll find below. The main perk is they’re becoming cheaper to build with aluminum and other lighter resources going into auto body construction, so most gasoline-powered vehicles will save you more upfront than an alternative fuel-powered vehicle.
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.’
Kia has been coming out with a lot of new vehicles lately. This year we were treated to the debut of the Kia Stinger, and at SEMA, we got a glimpse of some autonomous vehicles Kia is developing. However, until autonomous vehicles become the norm, automakers need to focus on where the money is, and right now that’s crossovers, SUVs, and hybrids. No wonder Kia has four of their own, including the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover.
SO, where did it all start? We’re thinking the Kia Optima Hybrid set the stage, a variation of the original Optima, followed by the Optima PHEV and Kia Soul EV – another variation of an original model. The 2017 Kia Niro is the most recent of the trend.
Kia Optima Hybrids
The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and PHEV are both variations of the original Kia Optima. They may look the same and share similar characteristics, but the powertrain is much different. Starting with the Kia Optima Hybrid, a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System runs things with a 2.0-liter GDI engine with CVVT and a 38 kW motor powered by a 1.76 kWh lithium polymer battery. It may not seem like much, but the engine designs GDI and CVVT completely change the game.
“GDI” stands for gasoline direct injection, a type of fuel injection system that injects highly pressurized fuel directly into the cylinders of an engine during the combustion cycle. Due to its resulting optimization of horsepower and fuel economy, it’s starting to replace other injection systems. “CVVT”, or Continuously Variable Valve Timing, like “CVT” transmission, can alter the timing of air intake and exhaust valve lift events to suit all speeds and conditions, without losing fuel or power. Together, this leads to a total output of 193-horsepower for the Kia Optima Hybrid, with a fuel economy of 39/46 mpg city/highway.
Unlike the Kia Optima Hybrid, that relies on regenerative braking to charge the battery (a process of transferring the power used to top a vehicle (braking) into a generator for the electric motor), the Kia Optima PHEV is a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle. This means drivers can rely on regenerative braking or just charge the battery via an electrical outlet/charging station. With that comes the ability to drive on electricity-alone with zero emissions.
The Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 156-hp 2.0-liter GDI engine and a 50 kW electric motor, powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The combined fuel economy currently sits at 40 mpg, and that’s when it is in hybrid mode. If running on electricity-alone, drivers can cover over 30 miles before needing power from the engine. It has three ways to charge the battery: regenerative braking, a Level 1 (120v) charger that receives a full charge in 9 hours, and a Level 2 (240v) charger for use at public station to charge up in less than 3 hours.
Sometimes it feels like the U.S. is getting short-changed on the types of vehicles in the world, right? Look at Mitsubishi, some of their best models are only available in Europe and Asia- here’s looking at you Outlander PHEV. Well, there’s another auto brand that doesn’t introduce some models in the U.S. — Kia Motors.
Like other manufacturers, Kia names one car model differently depending on the location it is available. After narrowing it down, we found three vehicles that haven’t made it to the U.S. that are available in other countries around the world – the Kia Carens Rondo, the Kia Cee’d, and Kia Optima Sportswagon.
Kia Carens Rondo
Prepare for a bit of a pattern here, because all of these vehicles have some hatchback variation to it. Maybe hatchbacks never made a comeback in the states and that’s why midsize SUVs like the Kia Carens Rondo are still hiding elsewhere. Currently in its third generation, the Kia Carens Rondo is actually sold north of the U.S. in Canada. Earlier generations were sold in the states before, but were discontinued in 2011.