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2015 Kia Soul EV shows a better than expected range

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.

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2015 Kia Soul EV has a starting price of $33,000 sans fees and incentives

The Kia Soul EV will have a price of $33,700 – excluding shipping and government incentives – when the South Korean carmaker rolls out the vehicle in the United States this fall. This means that the Soul EV will have a net price of above $27,000 once an $875 destination fee and a $7,500 federal tax credit for EV buyers is taken into account.

However, the Soul EV is still $5,000 pricier than the Nissan Leaf, which sports a starting price of $22,360 (destination fee and incentives factored in). But Kia is hoping that its offering’s styling, interior space, range and standard navigation system would attract buyers.

In terms of range, the Soul EV’s 93 miles per charge is better than the Leaf’s 84 miles per charge, partly thanks to an HVAC system that conserves energy by directing all heating and cooling to the driver when the car has no passengers.

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Kia targets to sell 5,000 Soul EVs globally a year

Kia Motors Corp. is targeting selling 5,000 electric versions of Soul subcompact annually globally, with the United States being the EV's largest market. Kia will commence selling the Soul EV in the US in the second half of 2014, after starting its sales in South Korea on April 14. The Soul EV will be initially sold in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

According to Sim Hyun-sung, director of Hyundai Motor Group's eco-vehicle performance development group, the US will be the car's largest market because of the Soul EV's size, government incentives, and more exposure for EVs as prompted by stricter emissions standards.

Hyundai Motor Group, of which Kia is a part, is pursuing a two-prong strategy for its volume brands. While Kia will offer battery-powered EVs, Hyundai will launch hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Kia spokesman Michael Choo remarked that staggered approach to the technology launches allows them “not to put all [their] eggs in one basket."

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Kia to showcase Soul EV at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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.

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The 2015 Kia Soul EV made its debut today at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Set to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the new Kia Soul EV will be initially sold in California and Oregon in the West and several Eastern states such as New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Pricing for the Soul EV will be announced later this year and closer to its launch.

The Soul EV uses a highly energy-dense lithium-ion polymer battery, which is located beneath the floor. The 27kWh battery is air-cooled and is expected to offer a range of approximately 80-100 miles. The 360 volt 96-cell lithium-ion polymer battery has been engineered for high capacity, thermal stability and safety. Accordingly, the battery features a nickel-cobalt-manganese cathode, which helps increase capacity, and a graphite-based anode, which increases durability while reducing weight.

Additionally, the cells use a gel electrolyte, and each cell contains ceramic separators to significantly improve thermal stability and safety. Kia says that the Soul EV uses its third-generation of regenerative braking system and can capture up to 12 percent of the car’s kinetic energy. Four different regeneration models are offered: “Drive” or “Brakes” modes in Eco-mode “Off,” and “Drive” or “Brakes” modes in Eco-mode “On” (the “Brakes” setting with Eco-mode “On” producing the most regeneration). Charging the vehicle is easy and it is made by plugging into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger. Two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port (480v).

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Kia will launch an electric version of its Soul small minivan in Europe in 2014. Kia is making a gamble that battery powered vehicles could help it comply with stiffening global emissions standards. Kia is making this move despite recent warnings from the former president of r&d at affiliate Hyundai, Kwon Moon-sik, regarding the high cost and low profitability of EVs.

Kwon recently resigned from Hyundai following a series of quality issues that have resulted to recalls of Hyundai and Kia vehicles around the world. The Soul EV will be run by a lithium-ion battery pack-powered electric motor, providing up to 109hp to the front wheels.

According to Kia, the Soul EV can be completely recharged in five hours using a domestic electricity outlet. It could also be charged to 80 percent of its capacity in 25 minutes through a fast-charging station.

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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.

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Kia Motors America (KMA) is planning to offer an electric version of the Soul urban passenger vehicle in select markets in 2014. It is only logical for the ever-popular Soul to have an all-electric variant as the vehicle is one of Kia’s best-selling models. Kia will announce details of the Soul EV’s powertrain, range/MPGe, packaging and go-to-market strategy at an upcoming auto show in the United States.

Interbrand recently included Kia Motors in its list of “50 Best Global Green Brands,” with the Soul EV becoming the brand’s second alternative-fuel to be sold in the US. The first was the Optima Hybrid that Kia launched in 2011. For 2013, the Optima Hybrid will feature several improvements like a number of powertrain upgrades for smoother operation and enhanced drivability. These powertrain upgrades include a better 47 HP electric traction motor, a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery.

Orth Hedrick, executive director of product planning at KMA, noted that eco-consciousness is already a standard feature on the new Soul as 85 percent of the vehicle’s materials are recyclable at the end of its lifespan. He remarked that Kia will further show its engineering capabilities and commitment to producing environment-friendly vehicles by offering an EV version of the Soul.

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