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Man, those mileages beat even EPA numbers. Crazy that you can go that fast with the extra weight if the battery and still beat EPA numbers even after taking out battery range!
 

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I was under the impression that the plain hybrid versions use the battery to assist the gas engine during normal driving, and sometimes solely move the vehicle while at low speeds. with the PHEV, it can turn the gas engine completely off and 100% drive the vehicle at highway speeds. It will do this even in HEV mode if it has enough charge to do so.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe HEV-only cars typically do spurts of EV-only when they can. The difference is that PHEV electric motors are typically larger in addition to their larger traction battery, so they can both go much longer in EV-only mode, and go much faster in EV-only mode.
 

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The HEV only has a bit over 1 kWh of battery, and it also has a lower HP electric motor compared to the PHEV. I can keep my son-in-law's Ioniq HEV (identical powertrain to the Niro) in EV mode on the freeway when there's a slight downhill slope, but in general the engine will fire pretty quickly after pulling away from a stop sign in a residential area (so not accelerating hard). The only place I've been able to drive it solely with EV is in a flat parking lot that I'm not going much more than 5 MPH.

The PHEV has almost 9 kWh in the battery (and getting more for 2023), and a little more powerful EV motor (it also is getting larger for '23), so it's capable of pure EV mode up to freeway speeds without an issue. You just have to keep the throttle foot light on the pedal, as there's a limit you pass that will still kick the ICE on if you press too hard. And on steep hills it can be next to impossible to not use the engine. With the improvements in the upcoming '23 PHEV, I might switch back from pure EV to a PHEV. Have to see what they're like in person. :)
Those improvements in the 2023 are what I'm banking on. But I also live in the Midwest so I might be last in line to get one. The only things I'm disappointed about are the lack of 360-degree camera and blind spot camera. Potential lack of autodimming Homelink mirror also worries me.
 

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It's supposed to have an electric heater as well, so no need for the ICE to warm the cabin. I didn't have Homelink in my PHEV, and I don't have it in my Bolt now (but it did auto-dim in both). Yes, I'd prefer to have it. But I'm not overly concerned that I can't get it on these cars. I have gotten spoiled with the 360 camera in my Bolt, so perhaps Kia will have that as well. They haven't published a complete feature list yet. Hopefully they are getting close to their North America release. Probably be close to year end before any are actually available.
I appreciate your optimism. The reviews from Korea indicate I'd have to move up to the Sportage to get the 360 camera and blind spot camera...which would be OK if mileage at interstate speeds weren't comparatively garbage.

But, this is all off-topic. I'd love for more data on mileage as it comes, @kia_niro_bob, as it helps me refine my cost-of-ownership numbers comparing which vehicle to buy.
 
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