The Kia Optima PHEV is the sister model to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV. The Optima PHEV is expected to get around 27 electric miles of range on the U.S. EPA test cycle.
The Optima plug-in hybrid has a 9.8 kWh lithium ion battery pack for 27 miles of range. In conjunction with gasoline powered driving, total range is around 600 miles. A 50 kW electric motor and a 2.0 liter Nu 4 cylinder engine is connected to a 6 speed automatic transmission for total of 154 horsepower.
Charging the battery pack will take approximately 3 hours using a level 2, 240Volt charger.
Efficiency is quite high, partially thanks to the lowest drag coefficient of any production sedan – tied with the Tesla Model S at 0.24 Cd.
Kia is putting lots of effort into autonomous driving techniques. The Optima Plug-in Hybrid will have:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
- Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
- Front Collision Warning System (FCWS)
In addition, the infotainment system will be available with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
An app will allow the owner to control these functions on the plug-in Optima:
- Remote lock/unlock
- remote preconditioning of the cabin
- remote start/stop of the vehicle engine
- includes curfew and speed alerts and Geofence settings.