Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always."

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargeable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Fuel Efficient

These efficient, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.

Charging Your Kia EV

Drivers interested in shopping for a new hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) may not realize that they are incredibly easy to find charging solutions for. There are three levels of charging available, and we'll describe each so you can decide which is right for your needs.

Level 1 Charging: Standard Outlet

Charge your new hybrid vehicle with a standard outlet you can find in your home or garage. The level 1 charging is best suited for plug-in Kia hybrid models rather than fully electric vehicles. The standard home outlet can charge your vehicle at a rate of 2-5 miles in an hour. Shop for the new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid at DCH Kia of Temecula and charge it from home without needing additional equipment.

Level 2 Charging: Installed Home Charging Station

The level 2 charging stations are installed by a professional electrician and can provide 10-20 miles of drive range every hour. Those shopping for a new Kia EV6 will enjoy the ease of charging their vehicle from home and won't have to stop at a gas station for gas again. Charge your vehicle overnight and wake up to an EV that's charged and ready to take on the day.

Level 3 Charging: DC Fast Charging Stations

Drivers will be able to use any of the DC Fast Charging stations that they find. The DC Fast Charging stations can charge your vehicle 60-80 miles in less than a half hour. Shop, enjoy lunch, or run errands while charging your vehicle at an available DC Fast Charging station. They are available nationwide and are great for planning road trips in the new Kia EV.

Charging From Your Temecula Home

Fully electric models will need their own charging stations. Customers who purchase a new Kia EV6 or Kia Niro EV will need a home charging station installed by a technician. If you live in an apartment or condo in the Temecula area, chat with the property owner about installing a charging station or take stock of the public DC Fast charging stations in your area. There are ample charging stations around the southern California area, and apartment living shouldn't stop you from enjoying the EV life.

Take Care of Your Car's Battery with Confidence

Many people switch to hybrid or electric vehicles because they require less maintenance. But it is imperative to keep the battery well-maintained in your new Kia EV6 and every EV model. Batteries typically last 100,000 to 200,000 miles, but those numbers are improving every day with technological advances. Keep your vehicle between 20% and 80% charged at all times to increase the longevity of its battery life.

The New Kia Hybrid & EV Lineup at DCH Kia of Temecula

New Kia EV 6: Spectacular, sporty design with intense performance features in the new Kia EV6 GT models. Go from 10%-80% charge in under 20 minutes at DC Fast Charging station.

New Kia Niro and Niro EV: Your new Kia Niro EV gets an estimated 253 miles of driving range. The Kia Niro is offered in three electric forms, the Niro, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid, and the Niro EV.

New Kia Sorento Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid: Families in need of three rows, better fuel efficiency, and a new SUV will love the new Kia Sorento Hybrid and Sorento Plug-In Hybrid options. Test drive the many models and configurations available at DCH Kia of Temecula.

New Kia Sportage Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid: Active Temecula drivers who want to reduce their carbon footprint while experiencing the great outdoors in a fun SUV can test drive the Kia Sportage Hybrid options. The Kia Sportage Hybrid and Sportage Plug-In Hybrid options are popular among families and solo southern California adventures in the area.

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    26799 Ynez Road
    Temecula, CA 92591

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Common Questions

A federal tax credit of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.


A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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