2015 Kia Soul EV shows a better than expected range

Article by Christian A., on January 7, 2015

The Kia Soul EV was introduced back in 2014 at the Chicago Motor Show and went on sale in September, but the South Korean manufacturer took its time to test the vehicle and show that the homologated range of 132 miles is something real.

According to the manufacturer, the Kia Soul EV was tested on Bristol’s bumper to bumper traffic, huge descents and ascents of sweeping countryside road network as well as high-speeds demands of the M4 highway in the UK. In addition, the vehicle was tested during light and heavy rain, an average temperature of 8 degrees, using on board heating, screen wipers and headlights.

Despite this heavy duty testing, the Kia Soul EV showed a full range of 125.3 miles and the big surprise was that a remaining range of 9 miles was show on the vehicle’s display. This means that the total range exceeded the official 132 miles.

According to Kia, after the diagnostics report, they found out that the battery still had 13% battery remaining, which equates to 15 miles, meaning that the electric car has a realistic potential range of 140.3 miles.

For those who still don’t know, the Kia Soul EV carries a 81.4 kW, 109 hp electric motor that produces 210 lb-ft of torque.

Bolted to a single-speed constant-ration gear reduction unit which delivers the power to the front wheels, the electric motor pushes the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 12 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 90 mph.

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