Kia Motors has developed a phased roadmap that has guided its eco-friendly technology development activities, with the ultimate aim of achieving zero emissions. Kia Motors is proactively working to become a leader of the growing eco car market under the development objectives of securing a world-class level of technology competitiveness and guaranteeing the timely delivery of the best products.
Phase 1 - Efficiency Technology
Energy efficiency can be improved by applying the most advanced fuel economy technologies to normal combustion engines. Through these technologies, Kia Motors is reducing carbon emissions to contribute to the preservation of our environment.
- - AT Transmission (Multi-Speed)
- DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission)
- Optimised Engine Cooling
- Low Friction Engine Oil
- ISG (Idle Stop & Go)
- Turbo GDI
- Light Body (High Tensile Strength Steel)
- Streamlined Design (Active Air Flap and Flat Underbody)
- Low Rolling Resistance Tires
Phase 2 - Hybrid System
A hybrid system maximises engine efficiency while minimising carbon emissions by combining a normal combustion engine with an electric motor. Hybrid vehicles provide a practical alternative in the current eco market.
1. Nu 2.0 Engine for HEV
A high-performing, world-class engine exclusively developed for HEVs that features a number of advanced eco technologies.
2. Electric Motor
As an auxiliary power unit of the Optima (K5) Hybrid, the motor supplements power generated by the engine and charges the battery with the electrical energy generated when the brakes are applied.
3. Parallel Hybrid System
Independently developed by Kia Motors, the parallel hybrid system of the Optima (K5) Hybrid has a simple structure with the motor and the clutch placed between the engine and the transmission. The system offers a full electric mode to deliver excellent fuel economy and high performance.
Phase 3 - Zero Emission (Eco Technology)
Kia Motors is securing independent technologies for zero emission vehicles like EVs and FCEVs that are powered by electric motors without internal combustion engines. This existing electric energy generation process creates pollutants that are released into the environment.
EV (Eco Technology)
In pursuit of the ultimate goal of zero emissions, Kia Motors has established an EV mass production system based on its independent technology.
High Efficiency EV Motor
The EV motor offers better fuel economy by improving efficiency and minimising losses. Its maximum output of 50kw (68HP) and maximum torque of 17.0kg-m (123lb.-ft) are as powerful as those of gasoline engines.
Built-in Slow Charging System for Domestic Use
The built-in slow charging system maximises convenience by offering both fast charging at charging stations and easy charging at home.
Massive Lithium Ion Polymer Battery
The lithium ion polymer battery improves efficiency while battery life has been enhanced thanks to slow internal resistance and improved design and control that helps maintain optimal status when being charged or discharged.
7-inch AV Navigation System
The 7-inch display screen provides a range of information, including the remaining driving distance. For the first time in Korea, information on nearby charging station is included in the navigation system.