Your resource for understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) represent the new wave of automotive innovation. There are many benefits to owning and driving a Kia EV. With electric motors and lithium-ion batteries, Kia EVs produce zero emissions, provide faster acceleration than internal combustion engines (ICE), and present prospective buyers with unique tax incentives and savings.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

Low Cost to Own

According to Consumer Reports, owners can expect to spend half as much on EV maintenance and repair.

Fuel Up At Home

Skip the fuel pump and charge your EV at home, work, or at a public charging station.

Quick and Quiet

EVs run whisper quiet without a gasoline engine and have great acceleration.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids use both gasoline engines and electric motors for improved fuel economy when you need it most.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always.

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric vehicles like the Kia EV6 use battery electric power exclusively. You can get an EPA-estimated 310 miles of driving range with absolutely zero emissions.

Plug-in Hybrid

As the name suggests, vehicles like the Sportage Plug-in Hybrid charge up by plugging in. They have both an electric motor and gas power for extended range and fuel savings.

Traditional Hybrid

Vehicles like the Kia Niro don’t need to be plugged-in to get great fuel economy. The green technology is built into the drivetrain so you can recharge as you drive.

Fuel Efficient

These efficient, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.

Owning an EV

What You Can Expect from Owning an EV

How Do You Charge an EV?

Some people can be a bit intimidated by the idea of plugging up and charging a car. That's understandable with a new technology, but we're here to clear the air. There are many different ways you can charge your electric vehicle.

Level One Charging at Home

You can use standard alternating current (AC) outlets at your home to charge your electric vehicle. It couldn't be simpler. On average, you'll recoup about two to five miles of driving range for every hour that your vehicle is plugged in.

Level Two Charging at Home

There's an even faster way to charge your EV from home. With a professionally-installed level two charger, you can still use AC power to recoup about ten to twenty miles of range in about an hour.

Level Three Fast Charging on the Go

When you use direct current (DC) fast charging stations in your city or town, electric vehicles like the Kia EV6 can charge up much faster. Typically, you can gain 60-80 miles in the time it takes you to order a cup of coffee at the local shop.

What You Should Know About Charging at Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Battery Care & Maintenance

Your EV needs very little care and maintenance and typically lasts between 100,000 and 200,000 miles. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal. Plus, don't forget that your Kia EV is covered by our industry-leading warranty that includes care and maintenance on your EV's batteries.

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Trees For Test Drives
Help Us Plant 100,000 Trees!

We've partnered with GreenCars, the Arbor Day Foundation, and Lithia and Driveway dealerships across the country to plant 100,000 long leaf pine trees across Eglin Air Force Base located in the Florida Panhandle. Between April 22nd and December 31st, we'll plant one tree for every qualifying test drive completed.

Here's how it works. After you take a test drive in an electric, hybrid, or 40+ mpg vehicle, scan the QR code located on the GreenCars hang tag inside the vehicle. Fill out and submit the short form telling us about your experience and we'll plant a tree on your behalf! It's that easy.

Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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