Hybrid & Electric Vehicles From Kia

Kia is embracing the shift to electric vehicles across the globe, and that’s no different in Canada. Kia now offers a wide range of energy-efficient vehicles that suit a variety of driver needs and lifestyles. Kia wants to educate drivers across Ontario about the benefits of electric vehicles, to maximize every driving experience. In a new automotive segment with confusing terminology, acronyms, and no shortage of myths and inaccurate claims, read on to learn all the details you need to know to be fully educated about electric vehicles offered from Kia here in Scarborough, and across Ontario. For even more information, visit Foster Kia’s dealership and speak to our on-site advisors for a hands-on Kia EV experience.

What’s the Difference Between EV, HEV, and PHEV?

Not all electric vehicles are created equal, and Kia offers a range of various models in Ontario to meet the varying needs of drivers. While each electric vehicle is good for the environment when compared to conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, the key difference between the three is the powertrain - which changes how the internal battery is charged.

Battery Electric Vehicle (EV)

Commonly just known as an EV, BEV stands for battery electric vehicle. EVs run on 100% battery power, and are the ultimate green vehicle in terms of efficiency and environmental ratings. No emissions, and no internal combustion engine (ICE) makes for lower repair costs over the long-term. Additionally, an EV requires a charging source for power, instead of using gasoline/diesel.

Battery Electric Vehicle (EV)
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

HEV stands for hybrid electric vehicle, a combination of an electric vehicle and a traditional, gasoline-powered vehicle. HEV components include an electric motor, internal combustion engine, and a battery. The HEV derives energy through regenerative braking, where the electric motor acts as a generator to save and store the energy produced when a vehicle is slowed down; and fossil fuels that run the secondary gasoline engine.

Brand-New Performance

The 2022 Sorento Plug-In Hybrid has an all-new 13.8-watt lithium-ion battery and 66-kW motor, adding some juice to the 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder engine. Together they’re good for 261 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and about 51 km of range on battery alone. An estimated 2.8 L/100 km city (3.2 highway) makes this PHEV a lot “greener” than its traditional gasoline counterparts. The 2022 Sorento PHEV also comes with standard AWD capability, giving you responsive control through all conditions on both electric and hybrid power.


EV Charging

For all EVs, there are three different charging levels available to recharge your vehicle:


Level 1: Household Outlet

The most common method of EV charging at home, Level 1 charging adds about 5 – 9 kilometres of driving range per hour of charging time. Plug-in electric vehicle batteries can be fully charged using Level 1 chargers, which are compatible with any standard 120V outlet.

Level 2: 240V Outlet

Level 2 charging adds about 25 – 40 kilometres of range per hour of charging time. Ideal for drivers who travel more than 80 km/day and need to replenish their range overnight. A 240V Level 2 outlet can be installed in a garage or outdoors and enables faster charge times. 16A and 32A chargers are the two most common Level 2 chargers. Level 2 chargers can also be found in public locations across Canada, such as shopping malls, parking garages and other private businesses.


Level 3: Fast-Charging

Better known as Fast Charging, Level 3 charging can add 300+ kilometres of range in about 1 hr of charging time. For drivers going long distances, Level 3 chargers can be used to charge vehicles quicker. Level 3 chargers are usually found in higher traffic public areas and use a 400V system, the most common Level 3 chargers are 50A and 100A.


For drivers who are interested in installing an electric vehicle charger in their home, there are plenty of resources available to help you find a licensed electrician to safely install the device. For drivers in the local Scarborough area, and across Ontario, click here to get started.

Electric Vehicle Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Buy an EV?

Electric Vehicles (EV, HEV, PHEV) help drivers save on gas, and help preserve the environment. EVs reduce emissions which lead to air pollution, and offer money-saving benefits to Ontarians.

Many EVs can travel more than 350km on a single charge, addressing the day-to-day needs of most drivers. For the times when you intend to drive longer distances, plug-in stations are available across Canada. If you frequently travel long distances, HEV or PHEV options provide the benefits of EVs with the back-up of gasoline power.

Charging stations networks are rapidly expanding across the country, especially in high-density areas like the Greater Toronto Area. Public chargers of various levels are available for use 24/7 in Scarborough and surrounding areas. Check out ChargeHub for an interactive map of over 14,000 public charging stations across Canada.

Kia EVs are designed to maintain performance in all weather conditions year-round. Thanks to Kia’s industry-leading heat pump technology, it maximizes the distance that Kia EVs can travel on a single charge by recycling waste heat to warm the vehicle cabin. This improves overall energy efficiency and battery life and offers a more consistent range in cold temperatures.

For all other Kia electric vehicle questions you may have, get in touch with us today at Foster Kia, where our expert staff can expand on our growing EV lineup, and showcase the latest EV models right here at our Scarborough dealership. At Foster Kia, we’re your number one destination for all things related to Kia sales, service, parts, financing, and electric vehicles. Visit us, today, to find your next Kia model!