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Kia Soul EV 160km-plus electric revealed

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Set to the South Korean brand s mass market electric the Kia Soul EV has been officially at the Chicago auto show of its third-quarter launch.

The hero car of Kia ’s Mobility’ program, the Soul EV – days before its official – will initially be sold in EV-ready US states California, New York, New Jersey and Maryland, future expansion dependant on and demand.

Powering its front wheels via a constant-ratio gear reduction – similar to a continuously variable (CVT) – the Soul EV teams an electric motor with an Hybrid -derived 27kWh polymer battery located the floor.

Kia claims an expected range of approximately 128-160km, its own internal testing netting in excess of 161km – around short of the recently updated Leaf already on sale in

Equipped with Kia’s regenerative braking system, to be able to capture up to 12 per cent of the kinetic energy when and braking, the Soul EV offers a choice of four different modes – ‘Drive’ or ‘Brake’ in Eco-mode ‘On’ or ‘Off’.


Kia says additional cross required for the low-mounted battery the Soul EV’s torsional by 5.9 per cent over its petrol-powered The EV is slower, however; Kia claims it the 0-100km/h dash in “fewer 12 seconds”, while its top speed is limited to “approximately” 145km/h.

The inclusion of the battery also in rear legroom reduced by and rear cargo space by 144

Accessed via a front grille-mounted door, the Kia Soul EV can be plugged any standard 120v outlet or a 240-volt EV charger with times varying from to 24 hours. The car maker says an 80 per charge can be achieved in 33 minutes a 50kW-output charger. A fast-charging port is additionally available.

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For added convenience, Kia retailers who the Soul EV will also owners no-cost charging.

looks inspired by the 2012 Kia concept. the Kia Soul EV will be in two trim levels, ‘Base’ and and three exclusive two-tone combinations – Pearl White Electronic Blue roof, Blue with Clear roof, and Bright Silver Clear White roof.

Equipment includes projector LED daytime running lights and lights, an eight-inch navigation rear-view camera, Bluetooth power driver’s seat and control.

Distinctive 16-inch wheels wrapped in super-low-rolling tyres and ‘Eco Electric’ arch badging complete the Pricing will be announced at a date closer to car’s US

Kia Australia public relations general Kevin Hepworth told there are no plans to offer the EV in our market at this stage.

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