Why Go Electric or Hybrid? | Kia UK
Hybrid and Electric. Leading the charge
Switching to a Kia Electric or Hybrid vehicle is easier than you might think. Kia offers a broad array of models with Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid or Electric powertrains. Discover their benefits and which is best for you.
Also in this section, discover more about...
Reasons to go electric
Reliably cost effective
Range that goes the distance
Our Electric cars offer a range of up to 328 miles (Combined WLTP testing) – more than enough for the everyday and to venture out to far-away places.
Fast charging has arrived
What is a Hybrid?
Kia hybrid vehicles, or HEVs, have both a petrol engine and small battery. The battery is said to be ‘self-charging’ meaning that it is usually replenished when decelerating.
Hybrid vehicles only function in full electric mode while stationary, at low speed or when decelerating. At other times, the battery merely supports the combustion engine to get greater fuel efficiency and reach a range similar to that of regular cars.
What is a Plug-In Hybrid?
Kia plug-in hybrid vehicles, or PHEVs, allow you to drive in electric mode on most of your short journeys, while allowing you to travel much further using both petrol and electricity. They are fitted with a relatively large batter which can be charged from an external source such as a home or public charge point.
When starting from a fully charged battery, Kia PHEVs can run in fully electric mode for journeys of up to 40 miles depending on the model. On longer journeys, they boast a range similar to that of conventional cars by using their engine and battery in tandem.
What is an Electric Vehicle?
Kia electric vehicles, or EVs, run solely on electricity. This offers quiet operation, zero tailgate emissions and breath-taking performance.
Electric vehicle technology has come on leaps and bounds. With technologies like our e-GMP platform, EVs can go long distances and charge in a matter of minutes thanks to a fast-expanding and easy-to-access network of public charging stations.
Take the test. Find your match.
Discovering which Kia electric or hybrid car suits your lifestyle needs is simple: Just answer the following 4 multiple-choice questions to generate your personal match.
Here are more reasons to make the switch
Easy public charging in the UK and Europe
Whether your Kia is a PHEV or EV, you don’t need multiple apps, cards and accounts to charge on the go.
Kia Charge lets you access the largest collection of public charging networks in the UK and Europe. Locate a charge point, plan a trip, access and pay – all with just one solution.
Recharge your battery, right at home
Make the best out of your EV and PHEV by charging at home.
Having you own charge point installed by one of our preferred partners guarantees the best possible value and convenience.
Maintenance you can rely on
It’s easy to keep your servicing costs in check with our range of Kia Care and Kia e-Care package.
Whether you pay upfront or spread your payments, your costs are fixed for your chosen period and you benefit from the expertise of our extensive network of Kia Repairers.
Our Electric and Hybrid Cars
Need to know more?
Do Electric car charging points cost vary by location? Do Electric car charging points cost vary by location?
Yes, the electric car charging cost varies depending on the electric vehicle charging station. Fortunately, unlike other electric cars, a Kia electric car boasts access to Kia Charge, which provides all electric charging points' details, including operator, connector type, power and pricing.
What is the overall cost of running an Electric car? What is the overall cost of running an Electric car?
Although there is no longer a government grant for electric cars the fact remains that cost of running an electric car is reasonable. Electric cars can benefit from a range of savings - for instance on access to city centres like Central London, or on parking. Providing you have the right electricity tariff at home or charge at affordable public station, their electricity cost will also come out cheaper than fuel.
Electric or Hybrid cars: which is the best option for you? Electric or Hybrid cars: which is the best option for you?
When choosing between a Hybrid vs Electric car, it’s important to understand the key difference between the two. A Hybrid electric vehicle combines a battery with an engine and charges through regenerative braking. Electric cars run entirely on electricity from the battery and plug into a charging point to recharge.
Are there Electric car leasing options available from Kia? Are there Electric car leasing options available from Kia?
Whilst Kia doesn't currently offer an Electric car lease option, we do have Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) for Electric cars. This offer involves paying for a portion of the car, which is spread out over a number of years. Once the contract comes to an end, you can settle the balance and own the car or hand the car back with no outstanding payments.