Electric Vehicle Overview at 401 Dixie Kia

Kia Electric Vehicles in Mississauga, ON

It’s one of the fastest growing segments of vehicles, one that is increasingly taking over Kia’s own lineup, and is sure to be the optimal choice across every vehicle brand in a few short years. Stay ahead of the curve, join this new world and get yourself a Kia electric vehicle. If this is all completely new to you, and seems a bit intimidating, don’t worry, that’s where our 401 Dixie Kia team comes in. Below, we’ve outlined some basic questions customers often ask when it comes to differentiating between the types of electric vehicles, and how they are charged. Follow along with us and learn about Hybrid Electric, Plug-in Hybrid Electric and Battery Electric vehicles, along with their 3 different levels of charging options.

Electric Vehicle Types

We can’t blame you if you get a little bit confused by all the terminology surrounding electric vehicles, from hybrid to plug-in hybrid to battery electric and more, there’s a lot to remember and keep straight when it comes to green vehicles. Our 401 Dixie Kia team is here to properly define each electric vehicle for Kia drivers, covering the three main different types that each suit different needs. The primary differences in these EVs is their powertrains, and how they create power to send to the wheels. Read on as we breakdown each green vehicle: the Hybrid Electric, Plug-in Hybrid Electric and Battery Electric.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

As the hybrid name suggests, a hybrid electric vehicle combines the traditional elements of a gas engine with electric components. The vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, electric motor and a battery. Energy is made in two different ways:

  1. The electric motor works as a generator, storing energy created when the vehicle slows down and brakes, through regenerative braking.
  2. Gas that runs through the internal combustion engine.

Advantages:

  • Compared to a standard gas or diesel vehicle you’ll receive terrific fuel efficiency, especially for city driving and in stop-and-go traffic.

Charging:

  • Hybrid electric vehicles are not able to be plugged in, and can only be refueled at traditional gas stations.

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle may be the biggest mouthful when it comes to this segment of green vehicle, but is surely one of the smartest. PHEVs are a hybrid vehicle that adds on the utility of being able to charge the battery through plugging the vehicle in.

Advantages:

  • Kia models feature a full EV mode, which provides a driving mode of zero emissions when you’re driving on a shorter range. It also has the ability of a HEV where you can lean on the gas engine for a longer range, but still supplemented by the battery and electric motor to stay efficient.

Charging:

  • Power for the electric motor comes from plugging in to traditional outlets, through a charging station, and regenerative braking. The internal combustion engine will still need gas from a traditional gas station.

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Battery Electric Vehicle (EV)

A battery electric vehicle is solely powered by a battery. This is your “true” electric vehicle.

Advantages:

  • No internal combustion engine = no emissions and less maintenance costs brought on by typical ICE issues.

Charging:

  • All power is gained by plugging in to power.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Options

Just like there’s three electric vehicle options, there’s three levels of charging for your Kia EV or PHEV. Whether through your house or a public charging station, you’ll easily be able to charge your Kia for use, the only main difference lying just in exactly how much range the charging option can add over its time.
Graphic of level 1 EV charger

Level 1 EV Charging

This will be your most commonly used method of charging at your own home. Any plug-in electric Kia can be fully charged through a Level 1 charger, which works with any typical 120V outlet.

Charge Level:
  • Adds 5 - 9 km of range in 1 hour
Graphic of level 2 EV charger

Level 2 EV Charging

This Level 2 type of charging needs a 240V outlet (like the kind you’d find for your stove or dryer), most beneficial for those who travel over 80 km a day. One can easily be installed either in your garage or outside for quicker charging, as well as being found in public locations. A compatible charger is needed, such as a 16A or 32A.

Charge Level:
  • Adds 25 - 40 km of range in 1 hour
Graphic of level 3 EV charger

Level 3 EV Charging (DC Fast Charging)

Level 3 chargers provide quick charging, and are perfect for those who drive long distances. You’ll find these types of chargers in highly trafficked public areas, and who utilize a 400V system. 50A and 100A are the most common Level 3 charger types.

Charge Level:
  • Adds 300 km+ of range in 1 hour

Choosing an EV Charger

It’s crucial to get the right kind of EV charger for your Kia, for optimal charging ability and convenience. Keep in mind the length of your charging cord, while a short cord may be cheaper, a longer cord allows for more flexibility. Don’t hardwire Level 2 chargers, so you can easily take them along whilst travelling. Get a charger that suits your specific charging environment, such as for garage charging vs. outdoor charging. When you choose the right EV charger the convenience and efficiency of your electric vehicle is that much more apparent.

Shop for an Electric Vehicle at 401 Dixie Kia

If all this info has got you excited about joining the wide world of Kia electric vehicles, you’ve come to the right place here at 401 Dixie Kia. Our Mississauga dealership can order you your choice of Kia EV, from Niro to Soul to Sorento. As well, our service and parts teams will ensure your green vehicle stays in proper working order for years to come. Contact us, today, and drive home in a revolutionary new Kia electric vehicle.

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