The Plug In Hybrid Electric Kia Niro is for the environmentally conscious. With the versatility of an SUV and the efficiency of an eco-vehicle, Kia have left no stone unturned with designing the Kia Niro.
The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The maximum power of the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is 104 kW (139 hp). The maximum torque is 195 lb-ft. The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is front wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 10.8 seconds. The top speed is 107 mph.
The battery of the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid has a total capacity of 8.9 kWh. The usable capacity is 7.1 kWh (estimate). A range of about 22 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.
For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 16 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 30 mi.
The combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is about 320 Wh per mile in electric-only mode. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 125 mpg in a traditional petrol car.
The actual energy consumption will depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style. For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in an energy use of around 440 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 235 Wh per mile.
While driving in full-electric mode, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid will not emit any CO2. When the battery is empty, or if the engine load is high, the internal combustion engine will be used. As fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are directly proportional, the average CO2 emssions of a Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid will depend greatly on several key factors that determine fuel consumption. Note: CO2 emissions are calculated per kilometre.
When driving using only the petrol engine, CO2 emissions will be around 131 grams of CO2 per kilometre on the combined (motorway and city) cycle. However, if the average trip distance is relatively short and the car is charged between trips, the average CO2 emissions will be reduced significantly.
CO2 Emissions will drop to 0 g/km on a 15 mile trip, 40 g/km on a 30 mile trip and 85 g/km on a 60 mile trip. This only includes tailpipe CO2 emissions. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels. The offical figures in accordance with the NEDC driving cycle for CO2 emissions of 29 g/km are for comparison of vehicles only and have no relevance in practice.
As they have no gearbox, clutch or combustion engine, electric cars offer a smoother and quieter ride than petrol or diesel cars. Their lower centre of gravity and different 'skateboard' chassis mean easier handling and greater flexibility too. Instant torque and a simpler powertrain give electric cars the advantage when it comes to taking off from a stop position. This means that 0-60 figures can be exceptional and hill starts are never a problem. Some of the fastest cars in the world are electric.
Running costs are far cheaper than those for a car with a traditional petrol or diesel engine. When it comes to charging, a rough estimate (which assumes you charge your electric car at home at the cheapest overnight rate) puts the cost of charging a fully electric car at 2p per mile compared with 16p per mile for the average petrol or diesel car. However, charging costs will be even cheaper, of course, if you use your FREE zeVie charging card at your chosen provider's public charging stations or take advantage of the free charging offered at some supermarkets, workplaces, shopping centres and elsewhere. As electric cars have far fewer moving parts than traditional cars, they will also be far cheaper to service and repair and are far less likely to break down. The numerous government incentives on offer also make an electric car cheaper to run. These include free parking in many places and exemptions from Road Tax and Congestion Charges.
EV manufacturers are now offering warranties of up to eight years and 100,000 miles for batteries. Some predictions give electric batteries a lifespan of at least 200,000 to 300,000 miles.
The network of electric car chargers in the UK is extensive and growing rapidly by the day. At the time of writing there are over 10,330 public charging locations in the UK with more than 28,000 connectors. Approximately 25 new charging stations are currently being installed every day.*
* statistics supplied by https://www.zap-map.com