What Is A Mild Hybrid? | Kia Eco Cars | Kia Motors UK
How does a mild hybrid car work?
A mild hybrid car works in a very similar way to a self-charging hybrid car, but it has a smaller battery. Because the battery is smaller, a mild hybrid cannot drive on battery power alone – unlike a self-charging hybrid in which the motor can take over at low speed or when cruising.
Instead, the petrol or diesel engine does the majority of the work and the electric motor is there to provide assistance. This means the engine doesn’t have to work as hard, which means lower emissions and increased fuel economy. The battery is charged by recovering energy that would otherwise be wasted – when slowing down for example. There is no need to plug-in a mild hybrid, simply keep it topped up with petrol or diesel as you would with a conventional car.
What are the benefits of a mild hybrid car?
There are many substantial benefits to owning a mild hybrid car. Here are just few reasons to Stop Wondering. Start Driving.
Reduced running cost
Doesn’t require you to make any changes
Lower initial cost
What is it like to drive a mild hybrid car?
Almost exactly the same as a conventional car. You will notice that the engine stops more often thanks to the assistance from the electric motor. Acceleration is more immediate thanks to the added torque from the electric motor, and fuel economy is improved.
Kia’s mild-hybrid cars
If you like the idea of a mild-hybrid car, keep a lookout for our look for Kia’s EcoDynamics+ models. Our EcoDynamics+ badge is given to cars that are fitted with Kia’s advanced mild-hybrid technology. EcoDynamics+ is currently available on Sportage, and will be added to other models in the near future.
Kia Sportage Mild hybrid
What is a battery electric car?
A battery electric vehicle is better for the environment than a petrol or diesel car, cheaper to run, and simple to own. Like the sound of that? Our simple guide can tell you more.
What is a hybrid or self-charging hybrid car?
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.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid car?
Plug-in hybrid cars can offer you many of the benefits of an electric car, they have a shorter electric range but can rely on a petrol motor for longer trips.
How does charging work?
Don’t worry, charging may seem like a whole new world, but in reality it’s very simple
*Based on charging using a 7kW charger