The Kia Soul EV is the very first electric car bought in the U.S. by the Korean automaker that is currently moved absent from financial state automobiles to recast alone as a classy, hip import model with a unique European flair.
The electric Soul provides a new powertrain to its enormously common Soul modest wagon that really should give it some believability between tech-concentrated customers.
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Kia introduced its second-technology gasoline Soul for the 2014 product 12 months, and the battery-electric Soul EV arrived a 12 months afterwards for 2015. In its second product 12 months, 2016, the Soul EV picks up a new, much more standard trim degree as well as the existing pair, and Kia tweaked a couple characteristics a bit. Irrespective of rumors of a greater-capacity battery pack that would give it much more vary, the Soul EV carries on unchanged for the 2017 product 12 months.
With its 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack powering an 109-horsepower motor that drives the entrance wheels, the Soul EV is around very similar in specification to the Nissan Leaf, the Volkswagen e-Golf, the Ford Concentration Electric, and other compact battery electric hatchbacks.
The electric Kia stands out from the rest of the pack in two spots: it has relatively much more interior house, owing to its tall-wagon shape and its battery pack is about 10 p.c larger sized than the rest of the group, supplying it a 105-mile EPA vary rating—which was around 10 miles more than the other folks when it was unveiled. In observe, this suggests that around town the Soul EV provides a serious-world 100 miles of vary in temperate weather conditions. It is really not the 150 to 200 miles that would mainly removes vary anxiety, but the three-digit figure is much more reassuring to drivers than it may possibly feel.
The Soul EV looks very substantially like a tricked-out version of the standard Soul. It has some exceptional hues, and relatively than a grille, you can find a blanking plate in excess of the opening with a door for the charging port on neat articulated hinges that swing it out and to the facet when opened.
Kia is to be complimented for such as a CHAdeMO DC fast demand port in each individual Soul EV. (For 2016, a plug lock was added as well.) The electric Soul also has a common 6.6-kW onboard charger for 240-volt Amount 2 charging (versus the 3.3-kw chargers fitted to some competition). Both of those heated entrance seats and a heated steering wheel make driver and passenger feel warmer in chilly weather conditions, reducing the use of cabin heating to preserve strength and optimize chilly-weather conditions vary.
The only disadvantage to the Kia Soul EV, is in simple fact, its minimal availability and small volumes. Kia alone has reported it underestimated how common the tiny electric wagon would be, and it really is making an attempt to get much more manufacturing from the manufacturing unit in Korea to grow sales to territories past California, Oregon, and Georgia—which have been the only three marketplaces the place the car was initially obtainable.