2014 Kia Soul EV review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 , 19:12:56 byAlina

Filed under KIAAsianElectric VehicleCrossovers/CUVs

Kia Soul EV

Kia has now revealed details concerning their all electric version of the Kia Soul. The zero emissions vehicle will be the first of its kind to be marketed outside of Korea and it is programmed to hit the dealerships in 2014. The Kia Soul will be the symbol of the company`s `Clean Mobility` program and the first all electric vehicle sold globally, but the Soul EV is the second gen battery electric auto developed. Obviously, the vehicle is an optimized version of the Ray EV exclusively sold in Korea.


Even though it is an EV, the auto was designed to appeal to city commuters and intended for a everyday use as it targets a range of 120 miles on a single charge will offers a comfortable driving autonomy without constantly concerning about the nearest electricity standard outlet available. The 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack was further optimized as it recycles the energy generated during the vehicle`s braking and coasting time. Besides the standard five hours recharging time for a fully depleted battery from a 240v outlet, the Kia Soul EV offers the possibility of a `quick` 25 minutes recharge with 100 kW output.


The Soul EV is a revised version of the 2014 Kia Soul and is currently under development. The car uses a front wheel drive system and is powered by a 109 bhp (81 kW) electric motor with an instant torque of 210 lb-ft (284 Nm). The motor is mated to a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit. The EV goes from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 Km/ h) in 12 seconds before reaching its maximum speed of 90 mph (145 Km/h).


Even though the silent engine provides a very quiet driving experience, the Soul EV is equipped with a Virtual Engine Sound System. The VESS is designed for pedestrian`s safety and enables an audio alert whenever the car rides with a speed below 12 mph and when the auto is in reverse.


The Soul EV borrows its styling cues from the 2012 Kia Track`ster. The vehicles rides on 16 inch alloy wheels and comes with LED positioning lamps and rear combination lamps as well as projection type headlamps. Maintaining the `Clean Mobility` program`s purposes, the inside of the EV is features an array of recycled materials and low volatility organic compounds to deliver a truly eco-friendly everyday ride for the regular driver.