Why your business could benefit from going hybrid
Kia’s diverse range of hybrid technologies gives you the option to choose a car that’s both convenient and cost effective.
Embracing hybrid technology is a simple, effective way to reduce your business’ running costs. Whether you’re looking for a mild hybrid, self-charging hybrid or a plug-in hybrid, there’s a range of Kia models to suit your business needs. So, is it time for you to Go Hybrid? Below, we explore the differences between Kia’s hybrid powertrains, and how they could make your business more cost-effective.
Mild hybrid – a simple way to improve fuel economy
Kia’s mild-hybrid system is the first step on the electrification ladder, and proof that you don’t have to compromise to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology. The system pairs a compact 48-volt battery with a Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. Together, they assist the engine with acceleration while also extending engine-off time – when slowing down for traffic lights for example. The battery is then recharged under deceleration. There’s no need to change the way you drive, and the result is reduced emissions and better fuel economy, which means lower tax and running costs for your business.
There’s no need to compromise on choice either. Mild-hybrid technology is available across a number of models and powertrains. For example, the New Stonic has a turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine that’s fitted with mild-hybrid technology across a number of grades.
The Sportage, meanwhile, offers mild-hybrid technology on it’s 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines – a great option for high-mileage users. Compared to the non-mild-hybrid version, fuel economy can be improved by more than six per cent. While CO2 can be reduced by as much as 15g/km. Lower BIK tax and a reduced fuel bill mean these models offer more favourable whole-life costs. That’s partly why the Sportage with 48v mild-hybrid technology was awarded Best Medium SUV in the Business Motoring Awards 2020.
Self-charging hybrid – refined and efficient with no need to plug in
Self-charging hybrids are worth considering if you want to embrace electrification without the need to plug in. The Kia Niro Self-Charging Hybrid’s battery is charged under deceleration – with energy that would have otherwise been wasted – which allows it to power an electric motor. This means you can travel at low speeds without using any petrol at all. It’s an effective way to reduce your fuel usage in urban environments and in stop-start traffic.
Not only does self-charging hybrid technology lower your emissions and improve your fuel economy, it also affords vehicles favourable residual values and reduced maintenance and servicing needs – thanks to lower brake wear for example. Factor in lower BIK tax rates, and you get a package that offers very competitive whole-life costs.
It’s not just about cost though, it’s about driving enjoyment too. The assistance from the electric motor means the petrol engine doesn’t have to work as hard, so the Niro is quiet and refined too. And, with features such as heated and ventilated leather seats and a wireless phone charger, the Niro Self-Charging Hybrid makes for an exceptional business partner.
Plug-in hybrid – the best of both worlds
Kia’s plug-in hybrid models offer you the best of both worlds – letting you benefit from pure-electric driving, without fully committing to an electric car. Fully charged, a Kia plug-in hybrid is capable of driving more than 30 miles on battery power alone – more than enough to cover the average UK commute. For longer journeys, once the battery is depleted, a plug-in hybrid will still charge it’s own battery when slowing down – much like a self-charging hybrid. Charging from home takes just two hours and fifteen minutes.
By spending more time running on battery power, you could significantly reduce your fuel costs. And, with emissions from 31g/km, you can enjoy BIK tax as low as 10%. You’ll also benefit from competitive service and maintenance costs – thanks to reduced wear – and exemption from certain expenses, such as London’s Congestion Charge. Plug-in hybrids also hold their value well, so make an excellent proposition when you consider total cost of ownership.
You can enjoy the benefits of plug-in hybrid technology across a number of models, including the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid and the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid. Both boast the same refined driving experience resulting in a quieter drive, while offering useful features such as Bluetooth with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and the UVO Connect telematics system. Among other things, UVO allows you to keep track of journey details, which is useful when claiming mileage expenses.