Reduced running costs and lower tax rates are only part of the story. Electrification is becoming increasingly important in the automotive world – particularly for businesses, where reduced running costs and tax savings are vital – but it’s also crucial that your vehicle can handle everything your business needs it to. So, to make sure you can choose a car that meets your business needs, Kia has expanded its Eco range with the addition of two plug-in hybrids – the XCeed PHEV.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) works in a similar way to a self-charging hybrid– there is a petrol engine combined with an electric motor and a battery. In a plug-in hybrid, the battery is much larger than in a self-charging hybrid. This means the car is able to travel around 30 miles on battery power alone – more than enough for the UK average daily commute – but it can also call on the petrol engine for longer trips.
Like a self-charging hybrid, the battery can be charged whilst driving, but for the full benefit, you will need to plug in. Charging a PHEV should take less than three hours. Put this all together and you can enjoy miles of low-cost, all-electric driving while still having a petrol engine for those rare long distance trips. Perfect.
Regenerative braking harvests kinetic energy that recharges your battery pack while coasting or braking. The Coasting Guide analyses your route to let you know when to take your foot off the pedal. The Virtual Engine Sound System activates in electric-only mode to safely alert pedestrians of your presence.
Enjoy the convenience of easy charging from a household socket or at a public charging station. At an AC Charge charging station, you can recharge the battery (up to 100%) in approximately 2 hours 15 minutes. Easily visilble from outside the vehicle 3 LED lights in the middle of the dashboard tell you the charging status and battery level.