How Do Electric Cars (EVs) Work? | Kia UK
How do Electric cars work?
An electric car is just like any other car, except it uses a battery to drive a powerful electric motor. This makes them more economical and with no emissions, better for the environment. And instead of refuelling you simply recharge at home,
or at one of the many public charge points.
Reasons to drive a Kia Electric car
There are substantial benefits to owning an electric car. Here are our top four.
Because electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel, your journey could cost less than a third of what it would in a combustion - engine car. Battery-electric vehicles can also travel for free in the UK’s new Clean Air Zones and London’s Congestion Zone.
There are tax incentives too. A £3,000 plug-in car grant, while company car drivers are subject to lower company car BIK tax. Which for battery-electric cars registered after the 6th April 2020 is 0%, increasing to 1% in 2021/22 and to 2% in 2022/23
An electric vehicle doesn’t have a tailpipe, which means no exhaust emissions. This helps improve air quality, particularly in urban areas.
Imagine waking up every day with a ‘full tank’. Just plug in when you get home, and your car takes care of the rest. You can also get a £350 grant to help you pay for the home charger, too.
Electric cars are incredibly quiet, making for a more relaxing atmosphere. Driving is easy too, because electric motors produce maximum torque at all revs. That simply means you get maximum power without having rev through the gears, so acceleration is instant.
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Electric Vehicle (EV) FAQs
Kia EV Insurance
If you currently own or are going to purchase a Kia Electric Vehicle (EV) or a Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) you can be confident that your car will receive the specialist electric vehicle cover and care it needs with Kia Electric Vehicle Insurance.
Electric car myths
An electric car could massively reduce your running costs, but is it right for you? To help you make an informed choice, we’ve dispelled some of the most common EV myths.
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Finding out which Kia Electric and Hybrid Car best suits your needs and lifestyle is simple: Just answer the following 4 multiple-choice questions to generate your personal match.
More about Electric & Hybrid cars
A battery electric vehicle is better for the environment than a petrol or diesel car, cheaper to run and simpler to own. Like the sound of that? Our simple guide can tell you more.
A hybrid car switches between petrol and electric automatically to optimise driving performance, improve fuel economy and lower emissions. Simply get in and the car generates power as you drive. No plugging in required.
Plug-in Hybrid cars use a combination of petrol and electric to offer you many of the benefits of an electric car and a petrol engine combined.
Kia’s mild hybrid cars use a very small battery and a clever motor/generator to save fuel and lower 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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