Kia releases first details and specs of the Soul EV

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2013

We already know that Kia Motors is working on an all-electric version of the Kia Soul that will go on sale in 2014, but today the Korean manufacturer revealed more details and specs of the car. Apparently, Kia is targeting a range of more than 120 miles or 193 for the Soul EV and will equip it with a high-capacity 27 kW lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

The Kia Soul EV will be completely charged in about five hours using a standard 240v outlet, or 25 minutes on 'fast' charge with 100 kW output. The front-wheel drive Soul EV prototype is powered by an electric motor rated at 109 hp and 210 lb.-ft (284 Nm) of torque.

The electric motor delivers the power to the front wheels and using a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seconds, while the top speed is 90 mph or 145 km/h.

When it goes on sale in 2014, the Kia Soul EV will feature projection type headlamps, LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps, plus aerodynamically shaped 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, we will find a unique Supervision instrument cluster and center stack with an eight-inch display screen.

Due to the fact that this is en eco-friendly vehicle, the interior components and trim will use an increased range of recycled materials including Bio Plastic, Bio Foam, Bio Fabric and Bio PET Felt.

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