Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Watford, England
Drives: Kia Niro PHEV 2018
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I'm another UK owner of the PHEV. Provided you don't use the heating, you can drive it quite in quite a spirited manner without using the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). It doesn't even need it for the freeway. I get about 30 miles per charge in town and about 18 on the freeway. The cabin heater uses heat from the ICE, and at this time of the year in the UK, it is needed on the damper days to prevent the glass from misting up. If it got colder, I'd need the heater to prevent icing. On less damp days, t the electric heaters on the seat and steering wheel are perfectly adequate to keep me feeling comfortable.
I don't think you have to worry too much about the gas going stale. It is a pressurised system, and the problems are mainly associated with the evaporation and oxidation of the lighter hydrocarbon chains. So provided you occasionally need to fill up, you should be OK. Depending on the climate, the fuel is likely to remain good for a year or so. My use is mixed - mainly short trips with the occasional 100 mile journey. I fill up approximately every 1000 miles or so - perhaps once every 6 weeks.
All the Kia dealers in the UK that I've come across are (or claim to be) qualified to work on the PHEV.