If high fuel efficiency has ever been of your top concerns when purchasing a new car or SUV, you've probably considered a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle. The first brings together an electric motor and standard gas engine to provide more driving range than just the sum of the duo's parts, without the need to plug in anywhere. It's the safe bet for those looking to go the extra mile. The second runs on both gas and electricity, too, but thanks to the plug option, on a charged battery, you can also run on all-electric power for short distances. The third is self-evident: it's 100% electric and doesn't need any gas; you can charge it up and hit the road.

However, Kia hybrids and plug-in hybrids like Optima and Niro, not to mention EVs like Soul, offer advancements other off-brands don't. Let our experts here at Jones Kia in Fallston fill you in.

Take the new Kia Optima Hybrid and Niro Hybrid, for instance. These incorporate a Full Parallel Hybrid System comprised of an electric motor and a GDI or gas direct-injected engine. The system can switch intelligently between electricity and gas to suit a variety of driving conditions, using electric power only during start-up and cruising at low speeds, and both gas power and electricity at full acceleration. The result: Optima can achieve amazing EPA-estimated range, up to 39 MPG in cities like Baltimore, 45 MPG on highways to spots like Parkville, MD, and 41 MPG combined between, for instance, Parkville, MD and Lutherville. Niro can do even better, managing up to 52 city MPG, 49 highway MPG, and 50 combined MPG, by EPA estimation.

Optima, however, excels other new cars by the ability to dramatically reduce front air flow given speed and temperature using an active air flap system. This helps to both boost efficiency and cut down wind noise. Niro, with the same economizing idea, incorporates an ultra-efficient six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Moreover, the lightweight, high-density lithium-polymer battery in Optima can now deliver 13% more energy and 19% better drive than previously. Finally, both vehicles employ regenerative braking, which can capture kinetic energy during deceleration for on-the-go recharging.

Now, consider models like the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, Niro Plug-In Hybrid, and Soul EV. You can plug any in at one of the thousands of charging stations across the US, or right at home. What makes the latter possible? No-hassle installation via Kia and its partnership with Amazon. Pricing is upfront for services, a ton of higher-output EV charging equipment is available if you need or prefer it, and taking care of everything is as easy as scheduling a licensed electrician. Plus, all work comes backed by Amazon's Happiness Guarantee for peace of mind. In the case of the all-electric Soul, that means making the most of your miles, with 120V, 240V, and standard DC fast charging, fuel economy up to an EPA estimated 124 city MPGE, 93 highway MPGE, and 108 combined MPGE, and an estimated driving range of up to a long-haul 111 miles.

If you're eager to learn more about what a new Kia EV, hybrid sedan, or plug-in hybrid car can do for you, get in touch with us here on 2001 Belair Road in Fallston. We'll be glad to schedule you for a test drive and a full tour!

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