What Is A Mild Hybrid Car (MHEV)? | Kia UK
What is a Mild Hybrid (MHEV)?
A Mild Hybrid car is very similar to a Self-Charging Hybrid car, but with a smaller battery. So it can’t drive on battery power alone. The battery is there to help the petrol or diesel engine perform more economically.
Reasons to drive a Kia Mild Hybrid car
There are many substantial benefits to owning a Mild Hybrid car. Here are a few of the best.
Because the electric motor can assist with the acceleration there is less strain on the engine. It also allows the engine to switch off more regularly – when coasting for example. This means lower emissions and 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.
Lower costs without changing how you use your car
Not quite ready to switch to a plug-in vehicle, or don’t have the option of a home charge point? Then a hybrid car might be for you. It doesn’t require you to do anything different than you would do in a conventional car. Clever electronics take care of how the energy is recovered and used. All you have to worry about is keeping it topped up with fuel.
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.
Lower initial cost
While a mild hybrid doesn’t offer the same level of benefits as a full self-charging hybrid, the mild hybrid’s smaller battery means the initial purchase cost is lower.
The Sportage lineup now includes Kia’s new ‘EcoDynamics+’ mild-hybrid powertrain options. EcoDynamics+ supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, extends engine ‘off time’ and can even help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4% on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
Powerful and dynamic, this engine really takes you places. The fun in this unique urban crossover carries on with the 1.0 T-GDI 118 bhp 7-speed dual clutch transmission or manual engine. Slide in, buckle up, and accelerate to a new level of enjoyable driving. Thanks to the advanced Mild Hybrid powertrain, fuel efficiency is even greater with all the same dynamism (available on 'GT-Line' upwards).
The Kia Rio features an advanced mild hybrid powertrain, giving you low-emission everyday driving. By pairing the latest 1.0 T-GDi gasoline engine with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, it can reduce fuel consumption levels. What’s more, the integrated ‘e-system’ recovers kinetic energy during deceleration phases to provide torque assistance when accelerating. (Available on the '3' and 'GT-Line S' grades)
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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 complicated, but in reality it’s very simple.
Owning an electric car is cheaper than you might think, with Government grants, tax incentives and lower running costs.
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