Corporate / Design & Technology
Kia goes greener with EcoDynamics May 21st, 2015
One Earth, one chance. At Kia, recognized as one of the Best Global Green Brands, we have continuously pushed forward with the development of eco-friendly vehicles that will contribute to creating a sustainable future for all. Since the inception of our EcoDynamics sub-brand in 2009, we have brought to market green vehicles such as the Soul EV and Optima Hybrid, and we are planning on expanding our hybrid line-up in 2016. Today, we’d like to introduce three types of green vehicles — Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) — that are being brought to life by Kia.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)
HEV, the most common type of green car, utilizes both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, hence, the term ‘hybrid’. Drivers can enjoy both convenience and cost-efficiency since HEVs run on both electricity and fuel. The electric motor assists the engine while traveling at high speeds, and is automatically recharged by the braking energy during deceleration.
HEV performance is heavily dependent on the battery. Kia’s Optima HEV is equipped with a lithium-ion polymer battery that is lighter and safer than other types of batteries, resulting in improved efficiency. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the all-new Optima will also be introduced in the near future, enabling drivers to charge their vehicles at home. Kia plans to extend its HEV line-up to include compact models and SUVs in the coming years.
Electric Vehicle (EV)
EVs run solely on electricity by using electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries or a separate energy storage device without an engine. Electric motors, unlike combustion engines, don’t produce any carbon dioxide and can yield nearly as much as twice the energy efficiency as conventional internal combustion engine vehicles.
Soul EV, Kia’s first globally sold electric vehicle, first entered production in 2014. It proudly boasts a 27 kWh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an innovative HVAC system and a high ratio of biomass materials on the interior that enable segment-leading per charge driving range while decreasing the vehicle’s impact on the environment through to the disposal phase to a bare minimum.
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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)
Another type of eco-friendly vehicle is the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), which is a true zero-emission vehicle powered by a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. By using a fuel cell stack to power an on-board electric motor, the vehicle only emits water and heat when running, which is a huge benefit to the environment.
FCEVs boast an energy efficiency three times greater than the internal combustion engine. Compared to EVs, FCEVs’ quick refueling time and long driving range result in great advantages. In 2009, Kia applied its second generation fuel cell system to the Mohave SUV for research and testing purposes. The vehicle can drive 690 km with a single charge and reach speeds of up to 160 km/h.
Through continuous R&D, Kia is preparing for the next generation of eco-friendly cars. Our EcoDynamics-badged vehicles are the embodiment of our commitment to contributing to a better way of life by bringing about sustainable mobility like never before. Keep your eye on Kia as we make even greener tracks in the automotive industry.