Short-term Korea

Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

Both Kia and Hyundai are set to launch a wave of elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles over the next few years. The Op­tima PHEV isn’t con­firmed for Aus­tralia yet, but it gives a good in­di­ca­tion of the scale of the com­pany’s am­bi­tions. While an im­pres­sive piece of en­gi­neer­ing, it also con­firms that plug-in hy­brids don’t re­ally make sense for mar­kets like Aus­tralia yet. Try­ing to com­bine petrol and elec­tric pow­er­trains in one car feels like a stop-gap so­lu­tion on the road to the fu­ture; the com­plex­ity and weight mean in­signif­i­cant econ­omy gains over any­thing but short jour­neys.

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