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Kia Motors announced the arrival of its next-generation 2021 Kia Sorento SUV earlier this year, and alongside the new Sorento will be a new arrival for the lineup, a Kia Sorento Hybrid. That’s right, the flagship SUV of the automaker is getting a little green gas this time around, with an engine tied to a small battery to feel things out. As always, Kia Motors will take a successful vehicle, add a hybrid version, and if that goes well, a plug-in hybrid is next and then maybe an electric vehicle, the world’s first all-electric SUV? Maybe, Kia Motors is working on new electric vehicle (EV) concepts, after all. It’s all coming together, and the Kia Sorento is next.
Production for the new Kia Sorento Hybrid is already underway, becoming the first of Kia Motors SUV lineup to make the move to a more green version of its predecessor. Alongside the new fourth generation Sorento, both are being manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung production facility. The Kia Sorento Hybrid, like all hybrid cars, have a powertrain made up of the usual combustion engine and a battery pack that makes just enough of a difference to fuel economy and emissions that hybrid vehicles are still a good way to break into alternative fuel when testing the waters and consumer response. The Kia Sorento Hybrid comes with a new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrain to lower CO2 emissions without sacrificing performance.
By the end of 2019, Kia Motors was already announcing upcoming changes to its lineup for the upcoming years. The COVID-19 pandemic may have sent many industries into a frenzy, but as auto manufacturers start re-opening plants and getting back to work, plans for 2020 need to get picked back up where they were left off. That means big things like Kia Motors investing in a new 800-volt battery system pack for electric vehicles, or small things like the new Kia Optima getting a name change. Well, that’s not all that’s new about the 2021 Kia Optima, or it seems like we should start saying “2021 Kia K5”.
It’s official, the Kia Optima will henceforth become known as the Kia K5, and not just overseas but in the U.S. too. Yes, the Kia K5 has been the moniker for the Optima in South Korea, homeland of the large sedan, but will now be adopting the same name for the next generation of the model in 2021. Aside from this tidbit of knowledge, there hasn’t been much else information shared about the new Kia K5 except an all-wheel drivetrain (AWD) has been confirmed along with the new name change.
Imagine an automobile powered by the sun! No, we’re not talking about solar-powered cars, although that could happen one day. We’re talking about automobiles that are a miniature sun themselves. Ever hear of “fuel cell” vehicles? They could be the future in the automotive industry.
Hydrogen Vehicles and the Hydrogen Highway
To start understanding fuel cell vehicles, one needs to know about hydrogen vehicles. One could call it a miniature sun, for what is the sun other than a giant nuclear fusion reactor with an abundant source of hydrogen? Next comes helium and all the other elements that make up the universe and the human body. Yeah, your body was once a star – think about that for a moment.
We’re getting off track though; a hydrogen vehicle is, as the name states, a vehicle that utilizes hydrogen as its onboard fuel source. We wonder if this is how hybrid vehicle developers felt when first coming out with a new car that didn’t rely solely on gasoline, diesel, or a fossil fuel. Hydrogen vehicles are on the horizon, and big names like Toyota, Hyundai, and soon Kia will be getting hydrogen vehicles known as “fuel cell vehicles.”
To manufacture and market hydrogen vehicles, there are three roadblocks – manufacturing costs, marketability, and the implementation of hydrogen infrastructures. The last one on the list is sure to raise concern – a facility housing a large supply of hydrogen? That’s a bomb waiting to happen.
Once upon a time however, gas stations may have been thought to be just as dangerous, and yet hundreds upon thousands of people visit them every day. You can find gas stations on nearly every street, and charging stations are popping up more frequently too. Next up could be hydrogen highways, or chains of hydrogen infrastructures along roads and highways to keep hydrogen vehicles going.