Kia Oz re­sists call of the mild

Wheels (Australia) - - Redline -

Kia has dipped its toe into the 48-volt mild hy­brid mar­ket, with an elec­tri­cally boosted ver­sion of the Sportage in­tro­duced in Europe. A com­pact 0.46kwh bat­tery sits be­low the floor and adds a mod­est 10kw boost, im­prov­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency by four per­cent. Kia Aus­tralia re­mains un­con­vinced by the tech, though, and claims it will have a pair of full bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cles on its books by 2021, not to men­tion a suite of plug-in vari­ants.

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