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Canadian Electric Vehicles, Kia Saskatoon has it all

There is no denying that electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing in popularity amongst consumers in Canada. Between fuel economy and maintenance costs, it’s no wonder dealerships are having a hard time keeping electric cars in stock.

Although Canadians are shifting from total gas-powered vehicles, not all are jumping into the fully electric vehicle models. Many car buyers are also considering a hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for their next new car. If you are a lover of Electric Vehicles, Kia Saskatoon has you covered.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

Hybrid electric vehicles are powered by a combination of gas and electricity, where the electric motor acts as a generator to save and store the energy produced. Gas is used to run the secondary gas engine on an HEV, providing optimal fuel economy. The 2022 Kia Sorento is a hybrid-electric vehicle that can get up to 51km on the electric-powered engine using its 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. EV owners with a Level 3 DC fast charger can charge their Kia Sorento from empty to 80% in 54 minutes. In addition to a fast-charging system, the Kia Sorento motor collects energy as you brake, making it perfect for city driving.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are powered by gas and electricity; the difference between an HEV and PHEV is that the PHEV uses charging stations to charge the battery instead of having a generator-type engine. The Kia Sorento is also available in plug-in hybrid electric, as is the 2022 Niro PHEV. The Niro plug-in hybrid gives off zero emissions when in EV mode and is extra spacious due to a smaller engine.

Fully Electric Vehicles (EV)

EVs are all the rage right now. They run on 100% battery power, resulting in zero emissions, no gas, and lower maintenance costs. They look and feel the same as gas-powered cars, and the EV battery warranty on electric vehicles is typically eight years or 160,000kms. New models at Kia Saskatoon are all fully electric, such as the Niro, Kia Soul EV, and EV-6.

The Kia Niro EV is a crossover vehicle that can get up to 385km on a fully charged engine, while the Kia Soul EV can get up to 383km. Both have a 100% electric vehicle powertrain and produce zero emissions. The new Kia EV-6 has more space than other standard sedans, comes in all-wheel drive, and has an augmented reality three-dimensional snapshot of driving information projected right on the windshield, so you never have to take your eye off the Saskatchewan roads.

Benefits of Owning an Electric Vehicle

In addition to doing what’s best for the environment, some incentives and rebates come with purchasing an EV. The Canadian federal government offers an incentive of up to $2500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and up to $5000 in federal government rebates on fully electric cars.

If you are ready to get yourself into an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, stop in at Kia Saskatoon, where one of our experts will be happy to discuss all the benefits of owning a Kia EV.