Kia releases first details and specs of the Soul EV

Article by Christian A., 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.

Soul's daring exterior style also surrounds the EV. From the floating roof to the greenhouse that appears to wrap around the car like a pair of sunglasses, the EV's appearance draws inspiration from the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept and keeps the quintessential squared-shoulder, wide posture of the first iteration of the Soul. At first, the Soul EV will be available in three colours: Pearl White lower body with Electronic Blue roof, Caribbean Blue lower body with Clear White roof, and Bright Silver with Clear White roof.

The hallmark dual-toned paint theme is limited to the EV and was derived from a comparable execution seen on the Track'ster. The select EV front uses a bigger grille to house ports for charging and other singular exterior Soul EV style touches such as coloured accent trim in the front and rear fascias, projector headlamps, positioning LEDs, and LED taillamps.

Eco Electric fender emblem takes the place of the Soul fender decoration emblazoned on the gas-powered vehicle, and the Soul EV has a set of distinct 16-inch alloy wheels of its own, wrapped with specially designed Super Low Rolling Resistance (SLRR) tires that have 10 percent lower resistance than standard low rolling resistance tires, which helps improve the range.

Upon its 2014 launch, the new Soul was acclaimed for its superior cabin and considerably reduced NVH levels. The Soul EV will be immediately identifiable for these matching traits. Like its gas-powered relation, a rounded motif permeates the interior, creating a pleasant juxtaposition to the handsome angularity of the exterior.

Inside, the EV distinguishes itself even more from its gas-powered relations with vivid white accent trims through the centre console, as well as through the instrument and door panels, creating a light and contemporary feeling in the cabin space.

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