One of the main reasons people hesitate to take the plunge and buy an electric car is range anxiety. Range anxiety (informal noun): The feeling of worry when you’re driving an electric car that the battery will run out before you reach your destination or find a charging point. Kia hopes to make range anxiety a thing of the past with its lineup of hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids. Today we’re going to look at the Kia Niro. How long does the 2017 Kia Niro battery last?
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2017 Kia Niro all-electric range
Under the hood of the new Niro is a 43-hp tractive motor, known as the TMED, or transmission-mounted electric device. It works with the all-new 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine to produce a sporty 146 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
But that performance wouldn’t be possible without the small, lightweight 1.56-kWh lithium ion polymer battery under the rear seat. Because the high-voltage battery is packed with power and energy, Kia engineers were able to downsize the gasoline engine to maximize fuel economy and reduce emissions.
The combination of lightweight TMED and proven GDI and Atkinson Cycle technology in the internal combustion engine, along with the dual-clutch transmission providing a dynamic driving experience, allows the Niro to achieve fun and efficiency all in one. The target for combined fuel efficiency rating is 50 mpg. Because the Niro isn’t a plug-in hybrid vehicle (yet!) it can’t be used in all-electric mode to save even more gas on short trips.
2017 Kia Niro battery warranty
Another concern for EV car shoppers is the lifespan of the vehicle’s battery. After all, batteries usually wear out and need to be replaced, right? Not to worry, because the electric vehicle system warranty on Kia hybrid and electric vehicles is just as strong as Kia’s normal warranty. The EV system is covered for 120 months or 100,000 miles from the first service, whichever comes first. That includes the battery pack, electric motor, gear drive unit, electric power control unit, onboard charger, the works.
Don’t be confused if your owner’s manual says the battery is only covered for 24 months. That’s only referring to a hybrid vehicle’s traditional 12-volt car battery, which is an exception because it isn’t made by Kia.
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