Thinking about switching to an Electric car? If you’re new to the world of electric and hybrid cars, our simple guide below will help to answer all of your questions
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There’s the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid, for example, which has an all-electric range of 36 miles – perfect for those shorter trips around town – and a staggering combined fuel consumption of 217.3mpg. Or choose the KIA Niro Self-Charging hybrid, which rewards you with emissions as low as 86g/km and a fuel consumption of 74.3mpg.
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The battery is charged by recovering energy that would otherwise be wasted – when slowing down for example. The battery then feeds this energy to the electric motor to help with acceleration or to drive the car at low speeds.
On a plug-in hybrid the battery can be charged a little while driving, but for the full benefit, you will need to plug in. Charging a PHEV should take less than three hours. You can enjoy miles of low-cost, all-electric driving while still having a petrol engine for those rare long distance trips.Flexibility
A mild hybrid car works in a very similar way to a self-charging hybrid car, but it has a smaller battery. Because the battery is smaller, a mild hybrid cannot drive on battery power alone – unlike a self-charging hybrid in which the motor can take over at low speed or when cruising.Lower emissions
Hybrid and electric cars are most commonly charged at home, but can be charged at work, or at thousands of public chargers, such as at supermarkets or service stations. You can find out a bit more about how each works below.
In the UK, the vast majority of electric car charging is done at home. A dedicated home EV charger will charge your car much faster than using a three-pin plug – up to three times quicker! It’s safer, too. A home chargepoint from Pod Point – Kia’s charging partner – is weatherproof, so you can of course charge when it’s raining.
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For a standard installation, our partner, Pod Point, can supply and install a home charge point from as little as £279 for a 3.6kW charger, or, for Kia customers, a special price of £300 (£359 RRP) for a 7kW charger after the grant.
0% to 100% charge in 10 hours at home on a 7kW charger.
0% to 80% charge in an hour at a motorway services for example on a 50kW charger.
0% to 80% in 45 minutes - 100kW rapid chargers are coming soon
It’s incredibly rare that you charge from 0%. The majority of the time, when you plug your car in at home or in public, you’ll likely be topping up.
To put this into context, you could stop at the services, plug in, grab yourself a coffee and a bite to eat, then return to the car with around 200 miles of range in the battery. Great!
Plug-in hybrids have much smaller batteries, so don’t take as long to charge.
Not all cars can charge at 7kW, most plug-in hybrids will only charge at 3.6kW – this is because they have much smaller batteries and don’t need to charge as fast.
A 7kW charger will still charge a 3.6kW car, but only at the speed of a 3.6kW charger. You can also charge by plugging into a regular 3-pin socket in your house, but this is much slower, and best avoided.
Over 20,000 public connectors in the UK from 3kW to rapid 50kW DC chargers.
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Many public chargers can be found in town centres, supermarkets and motorway services.
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The good news is that some pubblic charging points are free. However, may will require paymnet. Payments are as simple as having an app on your phone and selecting the charger you wish to use. Take Pod Point for example, you simply plug in your car, select the charge point you are using in the app, and you’re good to go. It’s that easy.
With a total power of 104kW (139hp) and a total torque of 195 lb-ft, the New Kia Niro plug-in Hybrid reaches up to 107 mph with a n acceleration from 0-62 mph in 11.0 seconds. Electric range is 22 miles, fuel range 760 km. Book a test drive now and save £1,000 with a combined fuel consumption of 217.3 mpg
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Fuel consumption in mpg (l/100km) for the models shown are Niro HEV: Combined 58.9 (4.8)-54.3 (5.2), CO2 emissions 86-100 g/km. Niro PHEV: Weighted combined 201.8 (1.4), CO2 emissions 29g/km. MPG figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Fuel consumption is tested using WLTP and C02 emissions are NEDC equivalent. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. For more information about WLTP please refer to kia.com/uk. Models shown: Niro ‘4’ 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6-speed auto DCT at £28,285, including optional Premium White Pearl paint at £565, Niro PHEV ‘3’ 1.6 GDi 8.9kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6-speed auto DCT at £31,410, including optional Premium White Pearl paint at £565. £1,000 inc. VAT Hybrid Challenge saving on purchase of a new Niro, subject to test drive. Offer available in the United Kingdom between 01.01.2019 and 31.03.2019. Private customers only, excluding Personal Contract Hire. 7 Year / 100,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty. For information on emissions visit kia.com/uk.