What is a Mild Hybrid (MHEV)?
A Mild Hybrid car is very similar to a Self-Charging Hybrid car, but with a smaller battery. So it can’t drive on battery power alone. The battery is there to help the petrol or diesel engine perform more economically.
Reasons to drive a Kia Mild Hybrid car
There are many substantial benefits to owning a Mild Hybrid car. Here are a few of the best.
Because the electric motor can assist with the acceleration there is less strain on the engine. It also allows the engine to switch off more regularly – when coasting for example. This means lower emissions and cleaner air for everybody.
Lower initial cost
While a mild hybrid doesn’t offer the same level of benefits as a full self-charging hybrid, the mild hybrid’s smaller battery means the initial purchase cost is lower.
Reduced running costs
Using less fuel is not only good for the environment it’s also good for your finances! Improved fuel economy means less money spent on fuel, and less time wasted at the pumps. The lower emissions also mean a reduced VED rate and lower BIK tax.
The assistance from the electric motor means the engine doesn’t have to work as hard and that makes for a quieter journey. The added torque also means effortless acceleration for a more relaxing driving experience.
Our Mild Hybrid cars
Kia Sportage Mild hybrid
The New Sportage lineup now includes Kia’s new ‘EcoDynamics+’ mild-hybrid powertrain options. EcoDynamics+ supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, extends engine ‘off time’ and can even help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4% on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
Mild Hybrid Technology
Introducing the new mild hybrid technology available across the entire Sportage diesel range.
Use Smart Power Assistance
By cleverly pairing the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, the EcoDynamics+ mild hybrid system can reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emission levels. What's more, the integrated 'e-system' recovers kinetic energy during deceleration phases to provide torque assistance whilst accelerating.
Starting, Torque Assist, Cruising
The engine is started by the 'e-system' to ensure a prompt and smooth start. During acceleration or uphill driving, the 'e-system' provides torque assistance by taking energy from the battery. When cruising at constant speed, the combustion engine partially recharged the battery if the charge level is low.
Recharging, Moving Stop & Start
When decelerating or braking, the energy generated by the vehicle motion is converted into electrical energy to recharge the battery. When decelerating to a stop, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking to save fuel.
How does a Mild Hybrid work?
With a Mild Hybrid the petrol, or diesel engine, does the bulk of the work with the electric motor helping out, so the engine doesn’t have to work as hard. And because the battery is charged by recovering energy whilst driving, there’s no need to plug-in.
What is it like to drive a mild hybrid car?
Almost exactly the same as a conventional car. You will notice that the engine stops more often thanks to the assistance from the electric motor. Acceleration is more immediate thanks to the added torque from the electric motor, and fuel economy is improved.
Our Mild Hybrid cars
Kia Sportage Mild Hybrid
The Sportage lineup now includes Kia’s new ‘EcoDynamics+’ mild-hybrid powertrain options. EcoDynamics+ supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, extends engine ‘off time’ and can even help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4% on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
Kia Stonic Mild Hybrid
Powerful and dynamic, this engine really takes you places. The fun in this unique urban crossover carries on with the 1.0 T-GDI 118 bhp 7-speed dual clutch transmission or manual engine. Slide in, buckle up, and accelerate to a new level of enjoyable driving. Thanks to the advanced Mild Hybrid powertrain, fuel efficiency is even greater with all the same dynamism (available on 'GT-Line' upwards).
Kia Rio Mild Hybrid
The Kia Rio features an advanced mild hybrid powertrain, giving you low-emission everyday driving. By pairing the latest 1.0 T-GDi gasoline engine with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, it can reduce fuel consumption levels. What’s more, the integrated ‘e-system’ recovers kinetic energy during deceleration phases to provide torque assistance when accelerating. (Available on the '3' and 'GT-Line S' grades)
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