2015 Kia Soul EV Prototype

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Kia Soul EV

2015 Kia Soul EV Prototype

a few days chatting with the people of Seoul about neighbors to the north, and you’ll a pattern emerges. When first start talking, Korea’s citizenry speaks and ardently about seeking with their North brothers and sisters. Yet once you get casual conversation, you’ll that those hopes and aren’t all that they appear to be. Quite reasonably and everyone’s best intentions genuine fear that the border with communist Korea would severely tax Korea’s finances, infrastructure and lives.

It’s almost as if feels like something the public has to say they want, if they’re really not buying the reality.

It’s kind of the way American consumers and the media been crying out for electric and automobiles, yet when it comes to vote with their their hearts just in it. There are potential financial and concerns, along with worries about how well EVs integrate into their lives. Today, hybrids and make up about three of new vehicle sales, and the vast of those models are gas-electric one in particular. Pure electrics yet even a drop in a very bucket.

It’s exactly uncomfortable dichotomy that in our heads as we drive through the in Namyang at the wheel of a 2015 Kia EV prototype.

Of course, one can’t blame Kia for an electric car it has California’s zero-emissions to meet, regardless of whether the sales suggest there’s a financial strategy attached. Kia we spoke with at this drive of the company’s electrified car seemed to tacitly acknowledge the EV’s difficult business but pointed to the company’s effort to its CO2 output as part of its reason for And besides, their beancounters’ projection for global EV sales in is 600,000 units, so there’s got to be to grow, right?

The company is claiming better range a target of 124 miles.

At the very Kia’s got a great platform to the gas-powered Soul is all-new for and it rectifies just about lingering concern we’ve had the popular model mostly that centered on noise, and harshness, interior refinement and quality. And critically, the engineers managed to substitute in all the E-bits compromising the Soul’s interior one iota. That’s right no higher load floor in the bay, no awkward carpet in the footwells, just the same and well-designed accommodations found in the Soul.

Better yet, the on hand promise that not have they preserved room, they’ve also to improve ride, handling and performance; a remarkable assertion.

For starters, instead of finding a or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine up Kia has substituted an 81.4-kW electric with 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of fueled by a 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack. The latter is outwardly to what is used in Kia’s Hybrid, but its chemical makeup has altered for improved power and charging characteristics. Of course, also much larger.

In Kia maintains that the Soul battery has 46-percent better density than its chief the Nissan Leaf. The company is claiming better range a target of 124 miles, although figures are likely to be only better than the Leaf 75-mile envelope (90 miles or so be a reasonable expectation in EPA testing). to the additional heft of the sub-floor pack, the Soul EV is tipped to be 440 pounds heavier than the Soul, so figure on a curb of around 3,150 lbs, 140 less than the Nissan .

Kia is a sub-12-second 0-60 mph time.

its substantial torque bump larger gas engine only has 151 all that extra weight its toll on acceleration, so Kia is targeting a 0-60 mph time. After our day a prototype on Kia’s Namyang grounds in the exurbs of Seoul and out on city roads, we think seconds is achievable. And that’s a particularly robust-feeling 0-30 mph to the motor’s instant-on torque, an characteristic for the stoplight-to-stoplight urban

Top speed is pegged at 90 mph.

our drive, the Soul EV’s felt particularly buttoned delivering almost fullsize levels of comportment. With drive circumstances, we didn’t the chance to seek out a properly road to assess its handling but we suspect prospective owners seldom attempt any canyon or apex clipping, especially on modest 16-inch Kumho low-rolling-resistance rubboer. We’re not crazy about the lack of and feel from the electric steering, but engineers assure us calibrations are an ongoing discussion.

We did the car’s extra weight a moment of full-on panic

At least the Soul benefits a next-generation regenerative braking (the previous iteration was on Kia’s only other electric, the Korea-exclusive Ray), and quite natural in its engagement, only a little of the low-speed we’ve experienced in other and hybrid vehicles. Let off the gas, and quite a bit of inherent regen the car down. Once you get used to the it actually makes for an entertaining way to but there won’t be much

We did notice the car’s extra during a moment of full-on braking (from what observed, Korean drivers an occasionally cavalier relationship certain stoplights), but the specially ABS and stability control inspired as does use of even more steel than in internal-combustion

Predictably, an absence of engine and din combined with the new Soul’s and better-sealed structure means this is one quiet EV, despite its proportions. Even at elevated we didn’t find the road or noise to be off-putting. That extends to the outside of the vehicle, as so Kia has fitted a pedestrian alert that emits a tone backing up and at speeds up to 12 mph.

seen a prototype sans and can tell you that there’s a bit of exterior differentiation, particularly up

Kia Soul EV

How will you know a Soul EV on the Well, you certainly can’t from our prototype’s disguise, but seen a prototype sans and can tell you that there’s a bit of exterior differentiation, particularly up A taller and larger Tiger that accommodates dual ports is the primary styling but you’ll also note a lower fascia, aero-pattern wheels and contrasting trim on the grill surround, mirrors and

The car may also receive a unique set of but that decision remains up in the as do paint colors (Kia is on marketing the Soul EV in a pair of two-tone color schemes, but it may add

Our prototypes sported disguised but production EV cabins will a greater complement of environmentally materials, including plastics, and fabrics derived from materials like cane Everything from seat to the carpeting and headliner will be in the stuff, and there will be trim differences, too. speaking, the most noticeable will come from a gauge cluster and through menus on the infotainment screen supervision, range reports,

One novel feature: the driver has the to shut off climate control to seats, in order to save

Kia is still determining things where it will be offered and sales will include leasing or both.

That’s one of dozens of special measures to optimize battery life, things like a heat to reduce load on the climate system and a battery heater speeds charge times in conditions (it’s said to 50 minutes at -4º Fahrenheit). Of there’s also the expected HVAC precooling and preheating along with charging

With the Soul EV over a away, there’s still finessing of ones and zeros to be but what we experienced on our first was very encouraging. There is more work to be done on the and dealer side. Kia is still things like where it be offered and whether sales include purchasing, leasing or

Officials we spoke with that there’s a unique in getting dealers excited selling EVs, as these (and customers) tend to very different sales and expectations, not to mention limited $ervice potential.

Like the citizens we spoke with reunification and like the average car shopper, Kia’s dealers real financial and infrastructure along with lingering about how EVs will integrate their daily lives. going to be an interesting hurdle to but after driving the Soul EV it definitely appears to be a worthwhile

Vital Stats

Engine: kW electric motor Power: 109 HP / 210 Transmission: Single-speed 0-60 11.5 Seconds (est.) Top 90 MPH (est.) Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Curb Weight: 3,150 LBS Seating: 2+3 Cargo: 24.2 / CU-FT MPG: 120-Mile (est.)

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