Why Buy an Electric Vehicle? | Evansville Kia
If you’ve been driving gas-powered cars since you first got your license, you may not have even considered making the switch to an electric vehicle. However, EVs come with a wide range of benefits that traditional combustion-powered vehicles simply can’t match — and that could improve your daily commutes in Evansville, Indiana.
More environmentally friendly
The most obvious advantage of EVs is that they are better for the environment than gas-powered cars. They don’t create any emissions or pollute the air, so Evansville will stay beautiful for years to come. In addition, you can power an EV with renewable resources. Gasoline, on the other hand, requires crude oil, which is nonrenewable.
Fewer operating expenses
Just as you have to pay to fill up the tank of a gas car, you have to spend money to charge the battery of an EV. However, charging often costs much less money than filling up with fuel — especially when you do so from the comfort of your home.
While a gas car will require oil changes and other services for the engine over time, an EV won’t need the same maintenance. This means you save potentially hundreds of dollars forgoing these services when you own an EV. In addition, you can get a tax credit just for buying an EV, making it even more budget-friendly to go electric.
If you’re interested in having a peaceful and quiet ride, an EV is the obvious choice. Unlike a gas car with a rumbling engine, an EV hardly makes any noise, so it’s easier for your kids to take a nap and for you to carry on a conversation with your passengers.
Many electric vehicles can even be more fun to drive than their gas counterparts, with quick acceleration thanks to the instant torque that electric motors produce. And since most EVs have a battery pack in the center, they have a lower center of gravity, improved weight distribution, and great handling.
Current Alternative-Fuel Kia Models at Evansville Kia
If you’re looking to buy an EV or hybrid in Evansville, Indiana, look no further than Evansville Kia. Our dealership offers an array of new alternative-fuel Kia models like the Kia Niro EV, Kia Niro PHEV, and Kia Niro Hybrid that are great for work commutes or weekend road trips.
Kia Niro EV
The Niro EV is fun to drive and surprisingly spacious. This electric crossover has an EPA-estimated driving range of 239 miles as well as a combined output of 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque for 2021.* In the back, you can place groceries and other items in 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space or fold down the rear row to use 53 cubic feet. You’ll also find comfortable seating, leather appointments, and an 8-inch touch screen with wireless smartphone compatibility.
Kia Niro PHEV
The Niro PHEV uses an electric motor, a lithium-ion polymer battery, and a 1.6-liter engine for a smooth and efficient performance. When using solely electric power, the 2021 model has a range of 26 miles, which is plenty for an errand run.** Like the Niro EV, the Niro PHEV has a well-equipped interior with dual-zone automatic temperature control, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and more conveniences. You also have 54.5 cubic feet to store all of your gear.
Kia Niro Hybrid
The Niro Hybrid is a great first alternative-fuel vehicle for drivers in Evansville, combining gas and electric power. It gets an EPA-estimated 53 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, so you won’t have to worry about stopping for fuel often.*** This crossover also has a generous amount of cargo room at up to 63.2 cubic feet and an available comfort-enhancing 10-way power driver’s seat. Plus, plenty of entertainment options and safety systems like Blind Spot Collision Warning are available.
Visit Evansville Kia today and take these alternative-fuel Kia models out for test drives.
*EPA-estimated range provides consumers with results from a standardized testing procedure that may be useful for comparing vehicles. In the real world, range will vary considerably and is influenced by many factors including, but not limited to:
- Driving conditions;
- Ambient temperature;
- Driving habits;
- Drive mode selected;
- Elevation and elevation changes;
- Tire condition;
- Comfort features. including the use of heat, AC, and other vehicle accessories; and
- Age, vehicle and battery condition, and tire selection.
Kia engaged with AMCI Testing (an independent automotive research firm) to gauge the fully-charged range of a 2020 Niro EV EX. AMCI Testing’s range testing consisted of two different scenarios:
Real-World City/Highway Cycle. For this test, the vehicle was driven on a 48.8-mile city/highway cycle route in Southern California. The drive mode was set to ECO; coast energy was set to Level 3; and the HVAC mode was set to ECO at 74 degrees. Additional testing details and protocols are available through AMCI Testing.
Result: 293-mile all-electric range (54 miles more than the advertised 239 EPA-estimated range).
Real-World City Cycle. For this test, the vehicle was driven on a 71.2-mile city cycle route in Southern California. The drive mode was set to ECO+; coast energy was set to Level 3; and the HVAC mode was set to A/C Off and Fan Manual. Additional testing details and protocols are available through AMCI Testing.
Result: 317-mile all-electric range (78 miles more than the advertised 239 EPA-estimated range).
Actual Niro EV range will vary depending on the conditions described above, including aging of the vehicle battery. Niro EV battery is warranted for 10-years or 100K miles and is guaranteed to retain 70% of the battery’s original capacity.
**Based on EPA estimates on a full battery charge. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature, and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.
***EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.