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 Optima Plug-In Hybrid battery last?
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid all-electric range
The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s next-generation battery system features a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that is estimated to achieve 27 miles in full EV mode, making the Optima one of the segment leaders in all-electric range. To increase cargo room in the trunk, the new battery is hidden behind the rear seat and tire well, giving the Optima one of the largest cargo areas of any midsize PHEV. Battery power can also be generated from the vehicle’s improved regenerative braking system. The Optima has a single charging port in the driver’s side front fender. It takes less than three hours to fully charge the battery using a 240V (Level 2) charger, and less than nine hours using a 120V (Level 1) charger.
Drivers can reserve electric range using the plug-in hybrid mode select system exclusive to this version of the all-new Optima. It has an all-electric mode (EV) good for short-range city driving, hybrid mode (HEV) for highway driving, and charging mode to increase energy direction to the battery while driving at higher speeds. The energy produced in charging mode can then be used in EV mode, extending the range without stopping to charge.
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In 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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