Kia Plug-In Hybrid Sportage, Ceed Coming Next Year

OCT 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 11

Kia has several new plug-ins in the pipeline.

Kia is expected to introduce in 2019 new plug-in hybrid models – Ceed (at least initially in estate version only) and Sportage, with the possibility that a Sorento PHEV and next-generation Optima plug-in hybrid is coming too. The Ceed should go on sale in second half of 2019.

The Kia Ceed PHEV will likely share its powertrain with the Kia Niro PHEV (8.9 kWh battery and 59 kW electric motor).

Currently, Kia is spreading its offer from Soul EV, Optima PHEV and Niro PHEV to achieve 25-30% share of sales for plug-ins as a way of dealing with CO2 emission requirements.

Kia Europe’s marketing chief Artur Martins said:

“We are going to need more electrification on other products in the future. We must get to a mix of around 25-30% electrified models to hit the CO2 targets,”

The list of upcoming models are:

  • e-Niro (BEV, similar to Hyundai Kona Electric, initial target 20,000 / annually)
  • Soul EV (next-generation version to be unveiled in Los Angeles in November)
  • Ceed PHEV
  • Sportage PHEV
  • Large hydrogen fuel cell SUV (based on Hyundai NEXO)

Source: Autocar

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I like my Optima PHEV, all I need is 50Miles battery and larger trunk, don’t think it’s possible with the current design

Now we are talking. Ceed and Sportage are their top sellers, plugins are going mainstream in Europe.

What about USA? California Oregon only?

What would be the reason for them to sell them in the US?

Those are compliance cars for Europe, where fleet emissions must be limited to 95g CO2 per km WLTP in 2021 (reduced by another 35% until 2030) or the producers will face multi billion Euro fines.
As battery KWh consumption during lab test-drive is not counted in WLTP, those compliance PHEV reduce the fleet fuel consumption very significantly.

“We are going to need more electrification on other products in the future. We must get to a mix of around 25-30% electrified models to hit the CO2 targets,”

In other words, “if there were no CO2 regulations, we wouldn’t be doing squat.” and “We’re only going to do the minimum to meet the regulations.”

Yeah, that pretty much makes official what we already knew: all the Hyundai/Kia EVs are compliance cars — and likely to remain so, in the foreseeable future…

There are no non-compliance EVs. None of them would exist without hefty incentives, hand-outs and government mandates. There is no reason to select one brand and trash it for that reason.

I don’t think it justifies trashing all EVs as well. Some brand & technology neutral government incentives are useful and necessary to introduce new beneficial technology. It is just important not to carry away it for too long at mass scale as people get addicted to hand-outs.

Would Tesla build any cars without regulations?

Is this small battery sufficient to be eligible for incentives in Europe and China? Otherwise, I’d expect them to increase it, in a model introduced in 2019…

Still probably no PTC or heat pump, right? Kia/Hyundai are very good at building cars that are ALMOST very very good but have some fatal flaw. With their PHEVs it’s clearly the inability to drive 10 metres electrically in cold weather.