Kia will have its all-new Kia Soul EV debut in Europe at the 84th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on March 4, 2014. During the Geneva Motor Show, Kia intends to feature a special technology exhibit for its next-generation hybrid powertrain. The exhibit will be complemented by the improved Kia Sportage, the upgraded Optima Hybrid, and the GT4 Stinger concept car.
The all-new Kia Soul EV will become Kia’s first EV to be sold globally when its production commences in the second half of 2014. The front-wheel drive Soul EV features a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a 200 Wh/kg battery energy density.
Power is derived from an 81.4kW electric motor that provides 285 Nm of torque. Kia expects the Soul EV to appeal to city commuters as it boasts of around 124 miles (200km) in driving range on a single charge. The Soul EV also boasts of providing good ride and handling and a high level of refinement thanks to its low center of gravity, revised platform and chassis. It also features new materials designed to cut noise, vibration and harshness.
Kia also loaded the Soul EV with a number of energy-saving technologies that cut load on the battery and increase maximum driving range, thereby maximizing the EV’s efficiency and potential range.
These include advanced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technologies, like a driver-only individual ventilation system, four-mode regenerative braking and a battery heating system. Kia touts the Soul EV as practical EVs on the market when it arrives in Europe later this year, thanks to the minimal intrusion of the batteries into the cabin and luggage space.