As environmental problems become more alarming, Kia responds to the call by investing more in earth-friendly cars. The company is pursuing an idea it calls EcoDynamics, with HEV, EV, and FCEV vehicles leading the way. These vehicles use various power sources, but they have one purpose?to reduce CO2 emissions, providing a greener earth for everyone.
Read on to know the benefits of each eco-conscious vehicle and how they contribute to a better world.
The HEV: An advantage of two different power sources
Take a car with a conventional engine, fuse it with an electric motor, and make it run efficiently--that's the amazing feature of the hybrid. Kia has been working and testing their Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) since 2005, and it plans to make it perform better. The HEV combines the two main energy sources of the car?fuel and electricity. When the car starts, the electric motor is used. Once it runs on full speed, the fuel engine takes over. Finally, when the car halts, the electric motor is activated again to provide power. This process results in lower emission and better fuel economy. Kia motors has also released the Forte LPi Hybrid, which is the first HEV with a lithium-ion polymer battery.
The EV: zero CO2 emissions
An idea 20 years in the making, Kia's Electric Vehicles (EVs) are powered only by an electric motor. The electrical energy is stored in high-voltage batteries in the car. This results in no fuel consumption and the conservation of the environment because of zero emissions. An EV is charged through a household charging system for 6 hours or at high-speed charging stations for only 25 minutes. Kia is currently working to reduce risk factors of the electric components of the car and aims to put up infrastructure and plants for EV vehicles.
The FCEV: a greener alternative
Kia has been developing alternative ways to provide a cleaner environment and to conserve depleting fossil fuels. Since 1998, the car company has been doing research on a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV); in 1999, they were able to run a fuel cell vehicle within low-temperature (20 degrees Celsuis) conditions. This type of technology lets the car run on hydrogen, oxygen, and electricity. The task at hand for the Korean car manufacturer is to establish a plant for commercial production.