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Optima PHEV: The best of both worlds October 28th, 2016

 

The range of eco-friendly vehicles is growing, offering today’s consumers a larger pool to pick and choose from. Despite the continuous development of green automobile technology, many drivers are still unfamiliar with the concept of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and they are still a rarity on the roads today.

 

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Part-time electric vehicle and part-time hybrid, PHEVs may be the most ideal and functional type of current day eco-friendly cars. Equipped with an electric motor and a backup hybrid engine, PHEVs allow for pure eco-friendly electric driving while easing range anxiety – the fear that a vehicle will not possess sufficient charge or energy to reach a certain destination. In that sense, plug-in hybrids offer the best of both worlds by making up for the shortcomings of both EV cars and regular hybrid models.

 

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Optima PHEV, Kia’s very own plug-in hybrid, has been brought to life by taking our popular prize-winning midsize sedan and adding intelligent eco-friendly upgrades. With new features that give the model impressive fuel economy and extra driving convenience, the Optima PHEV is entering the spotlight and is poised to impress the growing green car demographic.

Optima PHEV boasts a seamless blend of efficient electric and internal combustion power. The model can now travel up to 54 km in electric mode and 926 km in hybrid mode (internal estimates) when the battery runs out of charge. The reduced running costs and environmental impact compared to gasoline and other low-emission competitors make Optima PHEV a leader in its segment.

 

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Our PHEV may deliver a silent ride but it is definitely not without power. The upgraded hybrid powertrain, 6-speed transmission and battery system work together to offer a consistently high level of efficiency and power, minimizing energy transfer and conversion losses. With these internal enhancements, the Optima PHEV can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds, 0.6 seconds faster than the previous generation Optima hybrid.

 

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While recognizable as a member of the Optima family, the plug-in model also features some PHEV-exclusive additions to further increase functionality. The new supervision cluster reflects the innovative nature of the car by displaying key information such as driving modes, battery state of charge and details of driving style with clear and refined graphics.

 

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Optima PHEV also possesses distinguishing exterior details, with blue tinted LED headlights, light chrome accents and a new aerodynamic rear bumper completing its body.

 

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With new state-of-the-art green technology, Optima PHEV is an extremely compelling choice for consumers looking for a new low-emissions car. Discover the power and savvy innovation of the Optima PHEV today!