Published: 01 May 2018

Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles cater for environmentally conscious customers at Jennings Kia

Customers wanting to opt for eco-friendly motors, are taking advantage of a range of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles available at Jennings Kia, part of Jennings Motor Group.

Environmentally conscious customers visiting Jennings Kia branches in Washington, Sunderland, and Stockton, can test drive a range of hybrids and electric vehicles on display at all three dealerships.

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David Phillips, franchise manager at Jennings Kia in Washington, said; “Hybrids and electric cars are becoming commonplace as a result of more customers becoming increasingly conscious about the impact emissions are having on the environment, in addition to a number of financial advantages being on offer, including government grants and the lower cost of ‘filling up’ compared to a tank of petrol.”

2016 saw the launch of Kia’s first plug-in hybrid electric model in the UK – the Optima PHEV. 

With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima PHEV is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions, and with a CO2 figure of just5 37g/km means company car users pay just 9 percent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2017/2018.

The Optima PHEV combines a 154bhp 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine with a 50kW (67bhp) electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.  The electric motor replaces the torque converter in the smooth shifting speed automatic transmission.

A package of aerodynamic, styling and technology features contribute towards the Optima PHEVs low CO2 emissions and potential fuel economy of up to 176.6mpg.

David added; “The wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles available at Jennings Kia all offer fuel economy and styling, active safety technologies and high levels of specification, in addition to offering Kia’s unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile peace of mind warranty.”

2016 also saw the introduction of the all-new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle to the manufacturer’s expanding range.

Combining crossover looks with hybrid technology, the all-new Niro boasts a parallel hybrid system that switches between petrol and electric power, or uses a combination of both, and charges the battery whenever it can.

A 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) petrol engine, engineered specifically for hybrid applications, is paired with a 32kW electric motor and a lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

Other models available in the hybrid range at Jennings Kia, include the Niro PHEV, Optima Sportswagon PHEV, and the pure-electric Soul EV.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia contact 0333 414 9750.

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