Elec­tric Soul to start sell­ing next year

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - KIA BUZZ -

THE de­vel­op­ment of Kia Mo­tors’ all-elec­tric ver­sion of the Kia Soul is on track and the ve­hi­cle is sched­uled to go on sale next year.

The “Kia Soul EV” will be Kia’s first al­l­elec­tric, zero-emis­sions ve­hi­cle mar­keted out­side of Korea.

“The new Soul EV will be at the fore­front of Kia’s ‘Clean Mo­bil­ity’ pro­gramme, which aims to pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly ve­hi­cles to our cus­tomers around the world when it goes on sale glob­ally next year,” said Kia Mo­tors Amer­ica’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of prod­uct plan­ning, Orth Hedrick.

“Al­though it is Kia’s first glob­ally sold, all-elec­tric ve­hi­cle, the Soul EV is our sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle and sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fits from the in-depth knowl­edge gained dur­ing de­vel­op­ment of the Ray EV sold in Korea.”

The Soul EV takes its de­sign cues from the re­cently-launched sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Kia Soul.

With a tar­get range of more than 190km, this uniquely de­signed bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle is prac­ti­cal for ev­ery­day use and per­fectly suited for city com­muters.

Equipped with a high-ca­pac­ity 27 kWh lithium-ion poly­mer bat­tery pack, the Soul EV is ex­pected to of­fer a driv­ing range of more than 190km on a sin­gle charge.

In an ef­fort to max­imise ef­fi­ciency and range, the ve­hi­cle re­cy­cles back into the bat­tery the en­ergy gen­er­ated while the car is coast­ing and brak­ing.

Recharg­ing times are up to five hours for a fully de­pleted bat­tery us­ing a stan­dard 240v out­let, or 25 min­utes on “fast” charge with 100 kW out­put.

The front-wheel drive Soul EV pro­to­type test cars cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment are built on mod­i­fied ver­sions of the 2014 Kia Soul and are pow­ered by a 109hp elec­tric mo­tor, pro­duc­ing a gen­er­ous 284Nm of torque.

The mo­tor de­liv­ers its power to the front wheels through a sin­gle speed con­stant ra­tio gear re­duc­tion unit. Ac­cel­er­at­ing from 0-100kph in less than 12 sec­onds with a top speed in the re­gion of 144kph the Soul EV prom­ises to re­main true to the Soul’s fun-todrive rep­u­ta­tion.

The Soul Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle un­der test­ing.

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