You’re keen to #goelectric but would like to know more? You’re in the right place.
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If you have even more questions, you’re not alone. Here are the most frequently asked at a glance.
This depends on lots of different factors – not least the car model you drive. But also the speed you drive at, how often you accelerate, the terrain, climate, geographical factors such as altitude, and the amount of cargo you’re transporting. At the moment though, most electric cars can travel between 160 and 240 km before they need to be charged again. With some models now capable of driving up to 455 km on a single charge. And these figures are set to rise considerably over the next decade, as electric cars are making enormous progress in range performance, thanks above all to advancements in battery technology. When you consider that half of journeys are less than 8 km, that’s a lot of journeys in between charging. (While those motorists who do need to travel longer distances on a regular basis might want to consider a plug-in car with a gas extender (PHEV).)
Your first option, if you have off-street parking, is to charge your electric car at home. It is convenient and surprisingly cost-effective, with many companies offering a fully installed charge point for a fixed price. Charging speeds vary depending on your particular unit set-up. You can also make use of public charging networks when out and about, with more and more street-side stations available. Simply plug in your car’s charging cable, activate the charge point (usually via either a contactless RFID card or mobile app) and leave the car to do the rest. With government incentive schemes, increasing numbers of companies are also offering EV charging points in the workplace to employees and visitors. (In future, charging points are set to become ubiquitous at shopping centres, railway stations, hotels, cinemas, motorway service stations and conventional refuelling stations.)
This depends on how and where you charge. Using a high-voltage DC charger at a public charging station, you can charge a fully depleted battery to around 50% charged in approx. 30 minutes and 80% charged in approx. 50 minutes. Using an installed battery wall recharger at home that converts AC to DC you’ll be able to drive off with a fully recharged battery after around 8 hours. And by plugging the car's mobile charge cable into an electrical household socket, charging will take anything up to 12-30 hours – depending primarily on your particular EV model.
Estimates of the difference in total cost of ownership between electric vehicles and conventional vehicles vary widely, from about EUR 5,000 to EUR 20,000 per vehicle (over four years with an annual mileage of 20,000 km), depending on country, type of electric vehicle model, fuel prices and other variables (McKinsey, 2014). A number of country-specific factors can improve the total cost of ownership for electric vehicles even further – such as tax exemptions, reduced electricity prices and proportionally smaller costs for charging infrastructure (Hacker et al., 2015). Electric cars can also be cheaper to maintain in any case, and thanks to Kia’s unique 7-year warranty, all owners of new Kia Electrified models can enjoy the prospect of having any maintenance and repair work covered for a long time to come.
Prices for new electric cars coming onto the market in 2018 ranged from € XX,XXX to €XX,XXX. While this price bracket is generally higher than conventional combustion engine vehicles, buying with the battery on lease can cut costs significantly. Then there are attractive local or federal tax incentives or rebates to add to the equation, reducing your overall costs. Plus many other financial perks ranging from lower running, maintenance and repair costs, to zero road tax and significantly reduced fuel costs.
Hybrid cars have two powertrains: they use a combination of a combustion engine and a battery-powered electric motor system. This engine and motor can work separately or together – with the aim of powering the car in the most efficient way possible to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions. This is especially effective for stop-and-start city driving. There are different types of hybrid vehicles: a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, among others. They differ according to the exact nature of their power source and their degree of hybridisation. A full hybrid doesn’t have a plug for topping up its battery because it charges itself: A Smart Regeneration System recuperates energy whenever you brake or coast, reaching maximum regeneration in downhill situations. The plug-in hybrid variant works just like a full hybrid, except it has a larger battery and gives you the additional option of charging it from an electric outlet. This extends its electric range up to 50 kilometres.
Whether you’re more interested in increased fuel efficiency or a longer range, there are definite advantages to buying both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, with each type catering to slightly different needs. The main benefits of their advanced hybrid technology involve their eco-friendly credentials and cost-saving potential. In general, hybrids emit less pollution than standard vehicles, which helps to protect the environment. The electric motor adds additional power and supports the combustion engine, thus resulting in lower fuel consumption than cars fueled only by petrol or diesel. The level of fuel efficiency will differ depending on the particular hybrid type you opt for. This in turn will reduce your petrol or diesel running costs. (Again your precise fuel saving will depend on the specific type of hybrid.) Yet more financial advantages of owning a hybrid or plug-in hybrid include possible government tax incentives aimed at encouraging people to buy more environmentally friendly cars, and lower road tax due to the lower emissions. All hybrids also handle just as smoothly as conventional cars, and there is one big added bonus: They are extremely quiet while using the electric motor. And the shift between the two powertrains is so seamless that it is practically inaudible. Depending on your preference, you can choose a full hybrid that you don’t ever need to plug in (the electric motor recharges itself through regeneration), or select a plug-in hybrid with the added option to charge the battery through an external power source, thus extending its electric range. On top of all that: As well as offering superior fuel efficiency and high performance, hybrids are also evolved with all the same levels of comfort, space, technical innovation and safety standards as cars with a conventional combustion engine.
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(1) The Kia 7-year/150,000 km new car warranty
Max. 150,000 km vehicle warranty. Valid in all EU member states (plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Gibraltar). Deviations according to the valid guarantee conditions, e.g. for paint and equipment, subject to local terms and conditions.