Green is the new black — the future of electric vehicles

This story is sponsored by Kia Canada.


Electric vehicles are the optimal solution for folks looking to reduce their carbon footprint without having to rely solely on a bicycle or public transit. With Toronto’s unpredictable weather track record, riding a bike or walking to the office isn’t always the most convenient or enjoyable option. 

Thankfully, Kia’s new 2022 Sorento PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) provides people with a safe and sustainable mode of transportation.

While Kia’s technologically advanced vehicles have always attracted rave reviews within the automotive sector, the company has recently shifted its focus. The company’s new slogan ‘Movement that inspires’, emphasizes that movement is at the core human development. 

“From our new design philosophy to our sustainable mobility solutions, everything we do as a brand is to inspire our drivers every time they move,” says Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing at Kia Canada.

In addition to producing vehicles that can help people connect with others and share new experiences, Kia is committing to more eco-friendly mobility services. Going forward, Kia will also be using clean energy and recyclable materials in production. 

The Sorento PHEV and HEV (hybrid electric vehicles) are the first of seven all-new, electrified vehicles that are set to arrive in Canada by 2025. If you’re eager to enter the green space and minimize your ecological impact, the Sorento PHEV is in dealerships now. 

For those intimidated by the idea of owning an all-electric vehicle, a PHEV is a great place to start. It uses rechargeable batteries to run on electric power until the battery reaches a specified level. When the battery is running low, the vehicle will automatically switch over to hybrid mode, using a combination of fuel and electric power. 

In Canada, the federal government is planning to eliminate the use of gas-powered cars by 2035, replacing them with zero-emission vehicles. To encourage people to make this important transition, the government is providing green incentives to those who swap their current vehicle for an eco-friendly, electric ride. These rebates vary by province but the federal incentive is $2,500 for a PHEV and $5,000 for a battery electric vehicle (BEV) like the Kia Niro EV or soon-to-launch BEV, the Kia EV6.

By 2030, 40 percent of Kia’s global sales will come from its more sustainable models such as dedicated electric vehicles, HEVs and PHEVs.

“The Sorento PHEV is the perfect value with its three rows of seating and its incredible fuel-efficiency, making for a feel-good, family vehicle,” says Kopke. “The plug-in hybrid option allows for people entering the green space to feel confident as it allows for an estimated all-electric driving range of up to 51 kilometres and a seamless transition to hybrid mode. It’s the perfect vehicle for day-to-day driving as well as for family road trips.”

The all-new 4th generation Sorento PHEV is also equipped with Kia’s leading-edge safety technology: Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). This includes Standard Forward Collision Warning that assists the driver when braking to help prevent a collision. The vehicle also has Standard Lane Keeping Assist, which follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the centre of the lane.

The price of the Sorento PHEV starts at $44,995, not including government incentives like the $2,500 federal rebate.

For more information about the Kia Sorento visit kia.ca/vehicles/sorentophev2022.

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