What Is A Hybrid Car? | Kia UK
What is a Hybrid?
A Hybrid car uses a combination of electric power and a conventional combustion engine to deliver remarkable fuel economy, seamless power and lower emissions.
Reasons to drive a Kia Hybrid car
There are many substantial benefits to owning a Hybrid car.
Because the electric motor assists with acceleration there is less strain on the engine which helps lower emissions. The electric motor can also take over at low speeds – in stop/start traffic for example. That means the engine isn’t running for as long, so cleaner air for everybody.
Reduced running costs
Using less fuel is not only good for the environment it’s also good for your finances! Improved fuel economy means less money spent on fuel, and less time wasted at the pumps. The lower emissions also mean a reduced VED rate and lower BIK tax.
Doesn’t require you to make any changes
Not sure about a plug-in vehicle, or don’t have the option of a home charge point?
Then a hybrid car might be for you, as you use it like a conventional car. Clever electronics take care of how the energy is used, all you have to worry about is keeping it topped up with petrol.
The assistance from the electric motor means the engine doesn’t have to work as hard and that makes for a quieter journey. The added torque also means effortless acceleration for a more relaxing driving experience.
How does a Hybrid work?
Simple really. Along with a petrol or diesel engine, hybrids have an electric motor powered by a small but effective battery. The electric motor assists the engine and can drive the car at low speeds, for greater fuel economy and lower emissions.
What’s it like to drive a Hybrid car?
A hybrid drives like a traditional combustion engine car but with a few bonuses. It’s a lot quieter for a start, and the car’s clever systems automatically switch between electric and combustion seamlessly. And, if you fancy a more dynamic drive, you can change from Economy to Sports mode.
Combining stunning looks and a premium interior, the Sportage showcases a striking signature tiger nose grille, boomerang-style LED daytime running lights, dramatic matrix LED headlamps and a new Terrain Mode to conquer any surface. With its muscular looks and innovative electrified powertrain, the Sportage Hybrid inspires us to do things differently.
The Kia Niro Hybrid harmoniously blends the practicality of a crossover SUV with the efficiency of a true hybrid. The result is a roomy, comfortable car packed with technology and high-end features that still delivers a relaxing, fuel-efficient drive. If you want to reduce your emissions and improve fuel economy without sacrificing comfort or changing the way you drive, find out more about the Kia Niro Hybrid.
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More about Electric & Hybrid cars
If you’re thinking of switching to an electric car, you’ve probably got lots of questions. Our simple guide will help you answer them.
Hybrid cars can offer you improved fuel economy and lower emissions, without the need to change how you use your vehicle. No plugging in required.
Plug-in hybrid cars can offer you many of the benefits of an electric car, they have shorter electric range but can rely on a petrol motor for longer trips.
Mild Hybrids allow your engine to switch off more frequently, which improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.
Don’t worry, charging may seem like a whole new world, but in reality it’s very simple.
Owning an electric car is cheaper than you might think, with tax incentives and lower running costs.
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