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 Optima Hybrid. How long does the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid battery last?
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid all-electric range
The new Optima Hybrid should see a 10 percent increase in fuel economy since the 2.4-liter engine is being replaced with a smaller, more efficient 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder estimated at 154 hp. Instead of the usual torque converter, there’s a 38 kW electric motor and clutch to boost acceleration and assist the engine. Switching between all-electric and hybrid mode is seamless, and the total power output is estimated to be 193 hp at 6,000 rpm. The new electric pumps for water and oil will also add to the fuel economy.
Powering the electric motor is a new lithium-polymer battery pack that’s smaller and lighter but has 13 percent more capacity, 1.62 kWh. The new battery fits better under the trunk floor, without taking up extra cargo space. Unlike the new Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid, the standard hybrid can’t be operated in all-electric mode for short trips.
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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid 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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