The Forte LPI hybrid is powered by a mild-hybrid system that features a 1.6L engine mated to an electric motor. The Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) engine generates 114 hp and the electric motor generates an extra 20 hp. The hybrid system is mated to a continuously variable transmission and achieves 41 mpg. The Forte LPI hybrid is also the world’s first hybrid to use a lithium polymer (Li–poly) battery.
It’s unlikely that we’ll see an LPI hybrid from Kia anytime soon in the US, but we can expect a Forte hybrid with a gas powered engine at some point.
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