With rising gas prices and environmental concerns, hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) have dramatically increased in popularity. Here is a brief rundown to help you determine whether you should purchase a Kia EV or a hybrid.
Rather than running on the traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), electric vehicles use an electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. You can charge your vehicle at home or at public charging stations. While this means you will save money on gas, this feature can be a drawback if you don’t have a charging station near you.
Because they are entirely electric, EVs emit zero tailpipe emissions. This is great for those who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. EVs are also known for being fun to drive, with quick acceleration — select 2022 Kia EV6 models can go 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds.
Unlike EVs, hybrid vehicles use a combination of gas and electric power. Hybrids require gasoline to refuel their ICE. This means you won’t save as much money on gas as you would with an EV, but your fuel efficiency will be much better than that of a traditional car.
Because they have two sources of power workin together, hybrid cars are known for having a better range than EVs. The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid is a Kia hybrid SUV with an estimated range of 655 miles.
Plug-in hybrids bridge the gap between EVs and hybrid vehicles. They use an electric motor and can be plugged into a charging station, but they can also use gasoline if your battery runs out.
If you want to go completely electric, an EV is the perfect pick for you. If you aren’t sure about giving up gas altogether, a hybrid vehicle is your best option. Come see our hybrid and EV options at Folsom Lake Kia today.