Eco-friendly Kia cars at Chicago Auto Show

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - KIA BUZZ -

AT the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Kia Mo­tors Amer­ica (KMA) hosted the global un­veil­ing of the 2015 Soul EV (elec­tric ve­hi­cle) in ad­di­tion to in­tro­duc­ing two other eco-friendly ve­hi­cles.

Sched­uled to go on sale in the third quar­ter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-elec­tric, zero-emis­sions car sold in the United States.

The Soul EV joined the re­freshed 2014 Op­tima Hy­brid on stage along with the Niro hy­brid con­cept at the auto show.

“The new Soul EV is at the fore­front of Kia’s Clean Mo­bil­ity pro­gramme,” said KMA vice-pres­i­dent of prod­uct plan­ning Orth Hedrick.

The Soul EV has a highly en­ergy-dense lithium-ion poly­mer bat­tery.

Lo­cated be­neath the floor, the 27kWh, air-cooled, 200 watt-hour/kg bat­tery can yield a range of 130km to 160km of re­al­world driv­ing on a full charge.

To max­imise ef­fi­ciency and range, the Soul EV uses Kia’s third-gen­er­a­tion re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing sys­tem to cap­ture up to 12% of the car’s ki­netic en­ergy, which is fed back into the bat­tery while the Soul EV is coast­ing and brak­ing.

The Soul EV makes charg­ing easy by plug­ging into any stan­dard 120v out­let or a con­ven­tional 240v EV charger.

Recharg­ing times vary from 24 hours for a fully de­pleted bat­tery us­ing a stan­dard 120-volt out­let and un­der five hours when plugged into a 240-volt out­let.

An 80% charge can be achieved in as lit­tle as 33 min­utes with a 50 kW-out­put charger.

The front-wheel drive Soul EV is pow­ered by an 109hp elec­tric mo­tor, pro­duc­ing a gen­er­ous 285Nm of torque.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0-100kph is ex­pected to take fewer than 12 sec­onds, with a top speed elec­tron­i­cally limited to 145kph.

The Soul EV also fea­tures Kia’s first use of Or­ganic Light Emit­ting Diode (OLED) tech­nol­ogy.

Found within the Soul EV’s exclusive Su­per­vi­sion in­stru­ment clus­ter, the 3.5inch OLED screen pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on the ve­hi­cle’s en­ergy flow, charg­ing time, ECO driv­ing level and en­ergy econ­omy.

Mean­while, Kia’s dra­matic Niro ur­ban life­style con­cept ve­hi­cle also made its United States de­but at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

The Niro hints at a pos­si­ble fu­ture Bseg­ment city car con­tender with a fun-todrive at­ti­tude.

The rally raid-like Niro also fea­tures a hy­brid elec­tric pow­er­train work­ing through an ad­vanced four-wheel drive sys­tem.

This con­cept comes with a vari­ant of Kia’s tur­bocharged 1.6-litre Gamma en­gine, ca­pa­ble of 160hp.

The en­gine and a seven-speed, du­al­clutch trans­mis­sion serve the front wheels while an elec­tric hy­brid sys­tem pow­ered by re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing de­liv­ers up to 45hp to the rear wheels – when road con­di­tions re­quire ex­tra grip.

Within its 2+2 in­te­rior, the Niro’s molded one-piece front seats are cov­ered in an “Or­bit Sil­ver” line-quilted fab­ric.

As for the 2014 Op­tima Hy­brid mid-size sedan, which was also un­veiled at the auto show, it fea­tures a ro­bust 47hp elec­tric trac­tion mo­tor, a Hy­brid Starter Gen­er­a­tor (HSG) and a pow­er­ful 47kW lithium poly­mer bat­tery. The com­bined petrol-elec­tric 199hp rat­ing and com­bined 319Nm of torque re­main, re­sult­ing in a re­spon­sive and en­joy­able driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Kia Niro con­cept ve­hi­cle uses a hy­brid elec­tric pow­er­train and has four-wheel drive.

The 2015 Soul EV can travel 130km to 160km when fully charged.

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